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Sixty-Minute Shakespeare series

The TempestTaming of the Shrew

 A Midsummer Night's Dream Hamlet Macbeth
Much Ado About Nothing Romeo and Juliette Twelfth Night

Suitable for students in 6th Grade and up to college-level.
Published by Five Star Publications, Inc.

Select a title/ISBN from the list below to purchase individual books for $9.95 each through Dramatic Publishing:

A Midsummer Night's Dream



Much Ado About Nothing

Romeo and Juliet

Taming of the Shrew

The Tempest

Twelfth Night

Order the entire Sixty-Minute Shakespeare series of eight titles from Dramatic Publishing for $53.54.

Sixty-Minute Shakespeare Series
A Series by Cass Foster

This highly acclaimed series makes Shakespeare very accessible and is found in all 50 U.S. states, all Canadian provinces, and 45 countries.

The Sixty-Minute Shakespeare series is an ideal alternative for those who lack the time to tackle the unabridged versions of the world's most widely read playwright. Professor Cass Foster has judiciously condensed (without modernizing) the Bard's richly poetic language. He has skillfully retained the integrity of the text, allowing students to experience the thrill of the stories as well as the captivating imagery in the prose and verse.

In addition, the author has provided helpful footnotes on nearly every page explaining the more arcane words and phrases to help the reader better understand and appreciate each play.

You will find the practical suggestions clearly laid out for staging, pacing, and thematic exploration very useful. Scenes flow smoothly from one to the next, maintaining a continuity difficult to find in other condensed versions of the Bard's works. Each script is approximately 70 pages.

When an instructor from Shakespeare's homeland advocates an educational text — you should lend your ears to what she has to say! That is the case with one Ms. Mary Dyer, a teacher from the North of England. She plans to utilize Cass Foster's Sixty-Minute Shakespeare books — Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night's Dream next after having an excellent experience using Macbeth. And, she also plans to eventually use the entire set of books on teaching Shakespeare available on GetShakespeare.com. On behalf of teachers everywhere who want to teach Shakespeare's timeless tales to their students — we applaud your choice!

The Sixty-Minute Shakespeare series might be for you if...
  • Your students rely too heavily on classroom discussion in order to understand the plays.
  • You lack the time to introduce all the plays you would like your students to be familiar with.
  • You lack the time and resources to stage a fully-mounted Shakespearean production.
  • You are curious why schools in all U.S. states, all Canadian provinces, and 45 other countries are working with the Sixty-Minute Shakespeare series.

The production rights to The Sixty-Minute Shakespeare Series are held by Dramatic Publishing. You will need to contact them for permission to produce the play. For your convenience, their contact information is provided below.

Dramatic Publishing
311 Washington Street
Woodstock, IL 60098
Phone (800) 448-7469

Want to ease kids into reading full-length Shakespeare? The Sixty-Minute Shakespeare series offers fast-paced condensations of seven Shakespeare classics. Rather than retell, the series preserves the original play format and the Bard's language, while providing excellent footnotes to archaic words. It's a smart stepping stone to the real thing. ~ NEA Today

As our Education Outreach department at Colorado Shakespeare Festival is dedicated to enlightening teachers and students (and the community at large) about Shakespeare's works-using a "hands-on" philosophy-I have found the Five Star Shakespeare collection an incredible resource. ~ Melinda J. Scott, Education Director, Colorado Shakespeare Festival

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