John Crace, creator of the Guardian's 'Digested Read' column, parodies Much Ado About Nothing in a brilliantly funny reduced form, with Professor John Sutherland providing notes.
Benedick: I am man enough to say that I love thee. Is that not strange?
Beatrice: Not really…
Benedick: By my sword, Beatrice thou lovest me.
Beatrice: Get over yourself
To celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, this is the third of a new collection of the Bard's greatest plays, digested to a few thousand words with invaluable side notes from John Sutherland. Funny and incredibly clever, these parodies are a joy for those who know their Shakespeare, perfect for the theatre goer needing a quick recap, and a massive relief for those just desperate to pass their English exam.
“Perfect for anyone who struggles to understand Shakespeare... hilarious and informative, they really bring Shakespeare to life”
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“What finer way to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death than a series of witty modern reworkings...Shakespeare reduced to 100 pages of pithy pentameter with smart side notes.”
“Witty, fresh takes on Shakespeare”
“Hilarious - and all the better for those of us who know our Shakespeare back to front”
“Shrewd interpretations of the Bard; funny footnotes too.”