Shakespeare’s plays are a topic that most people can familiarise with. We’ve all studied at least one of the playwright’s best creations throughout our time in education and, if not, you’ve probably seen the Romeo and Juliet remake starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes, because that truly is a brilliant film. If you’re in need of a refresh on some of Shakespeare’s greatest works – because Shakespeare is much more enjoyable with modern day reboots – then the following will honestly be of great help to you.
To celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, John Crace, author of The Guardian Digested Reads column, has teamed up with Professor John Sutherland to create funny parodies of Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth. As well as bringing John Crace’s wit and entertainment through rhyming couplets, John Sutherland provides informative notes to highlight points you may never have realised before – these will be extremely handy.
The short books are perfect for any Shakespeare enthusiast, or for anyone currently studying the plays at school, college or university. They are to be published on the 21st of April and mark the start of The Incomplete Shakespeare series, which continues with Hamlet and Much Ado About Nothing set for release later in the year.
And for anyone who doesn’t know about the Romeo and Juliet film starring good old Leo, this trailer is for you.