It’s Shakespeare Week, and not only will there be activities taking place across our libraries, there are also some lovely books by and about Shakespeare that you can borrow!
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Antony and Cleopatra
A battle-hardened soldier, Antony is one of the three leaders of the Roman world. But he is also a man in the grip of an all-consuming passion for Cleopatra, the exotic and tempestuous queen of Egypt. And when their life of pleasure together is threatened by the encroaching politics of Rome, the conflict between love and duty has devastating consequences.
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A midsummer night’s dream
A midsummer night’s dream portrays the events surrounding the marriage of the Duke of Athens, Theseus, and Hippolyta. These include the adventures of four young Athenian lovers and a group of six amateur actors, who are controlled and manipulated by the fairies who inhabit the forest in which most of the play is set.
A stage full of Shakespeare stories
by Angela McAllister
Step on to a stage full of stories with this beautiful anthology of 12 stories from Shakespeare, rewritten to be accessible to children aged 7+. Including favourites such as ‘The Tempest’, ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, ‘Romeo and Juliet’, ‘Hamlet’ and ‘Othello’, each story is stunningly illustrated by collage artist Alice Lindstrom.
The complete works of William Shakespeare
The Complete Works of Shakespeare contains the recognized canon of the bard’s plays, and his sonnets and poems. The texts were edited by the late Professor Peter Alexander, making it one of the most authoritative editions, recognized the world over for its clarity and scholarship.
Botanical Shakespeare: an illustrated compendium of all the flowers, fruits, herbs, trees, seeds, and grasses cited by the world’s greatest playwright
A captivating, beautifully illustrated, one-of-a-kind colour compendium of the flowers, fruits, herbs, trees, seeds and grasses cited in the works of the world’s greatest playwright, William Shakespeare, accompanied by their companion quotes from all of his plays and poems.
This highly acclaimed performance, which ran between November 2007 and February 2008 at the Donmar Warehouse in London, features Chiwetel Ejiofor as the Moor Othello, Ewan McGregor as the scheming Iago, and Kelly Reilly as the gentle Desdemona. This recording features music written specifically for the stage production which enjoyed huge success – each performance was a sell-out.
Soul of the age: the life, mind, and world of William Shakespeare
Written by one of the world’s leading experts, this book combines almost everything there is to know about the man and his work in one narrative and brings us closer than ever to understanding what being Shakespeare was actually like.
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King of shadows
Nathan Field, a talented young actor, arrives at the newly rebuilt Globe Theatre in London to play Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. As rehearsals begin, eerie echoes of the past begin to haunt Nat, and he falls sick with a mysterious sickness. When he wakes, Nat finds himself in 1599, an actor at the original Globe.
Fools and mortals
Fools and Mortals’ follows the young Richard Shakespeare, an actor struggling to make his way in a company dominated by his estranged older brother, William. As the growth of theatre blooms, their rivalry – and that of the playhouses, playwrights and actors vying for acclaim and glory – propels a high-stakes story of conflict and betrayal.
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Describing the life of the Bard – from his childhood in Stratford-upon-Avon to his career as a playwright – this book explores the influence of Shakespeare’s great works which continue to hold today.
To read, or not to read, that…is not really a question – always read.
– Every bookworm