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New Hour-Long Shakespeare released October 16, 2015

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Hour-long Shakespeare Vol 2 COVER HRWe are pleased to announce the publication of a second book in our excellent Hour-Long Shakespeare series.

Abridged specifically for all those interested in Shakespeare’s plays, especially teachers and students of English and drama, these one-hour performance scripts maintain the arcs of Shakespeare’s plots without compromising the integrity of his original language.

What remains are manageable performance texts and the essential elements needed for an introduction to three of Shakespeare’s most popular plays.

The editor, Matthew Jenkinson, is Director of Studies at New College School in Oxford. He received his doctorate from Merton College, Oxford. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and the author of Culture and Politics at the Court of Charles II, 1660-1685, as well as many articles on history, literature and education.

Hour-Long Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth and Julius Caesar is available now from John Catt Bookshop: http://www.johncattbookshop.com/hour-long-shakespeare-romeo-and-juliet-macbeth-and-julius-caesar

Hour-Long Shakespeare: The Bard’s greatest plays expertly abridged May 20, 2015

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We are delighted to announce the forthcoming publication of the first book in a new series presenting William Shakespeare’s greatest plays as one-hour performance scripts.

The first volume of Hour-Long Shakespeare features Henry IV (Part), Henry V and Richard III will be published on June 19.

The plays have abridged by Matthew Jenkinson, director of studies at New College School in Oxford into one-hour performance scripts that will be of particular interest to teachers and students of English and drama.

The scripts maintain the arcs of Shakespeare’s plots without compromising the integrity of his original language. What remains are manageable performance texts and the essential elements needed for an introduction to three of Shakespeare’s most popular plays.

The second volume, due for publication in September, will look at Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth and Julius Caesar.

We were delighted to receive this testimonial from Professor Michael Dobson, Director of the Shakespeare Institute and Professor of Shakespeare Studies at the University of Birmingham:

“Matthew Jenkinson’s careful alterations of some of Shakespeare’s most important history plays may give us less than 50% of each play’s lines, but they convey far more than that percentage of each play’s theatrical power. Moreover, they belong 100% to the highest traditions of both teaching and performing Shakespeare’s plays.”

The first volume can be pre-ordered through our online bookshop at http://www.johncattbookshop.com/hour-long-shakespeare-henry-iv-part-1-henry-v-and-richard-iii

For any enquiries about press and inspection copies, please contact enquiries@johncatt.com or call 01394 389859.