How exciting is this?! My first GIVEAWAY, 4 tickets to see ABA’s production of THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE ABRIDGED, running 19-24 September at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.
Now before you say, “Shakespeare?! For Kids?!” let’s just read some of the show reviews,
“IF YOU LIKE SHAKESPEARE, YOU’LL LOVE THIS SHOW. IF YOU HATE SHAKESPEARE YOU’LL LOVE THIS SHOW!” The Today Show
“PITHIER THAN PYTHON. IRRESISTIBLE.” New York Times
So that’s sounding promising, and as it’s the complete works, 37 plays in 97 minutes, it’s bound to be fast-paced. Plus, then there is the opportunity to prep your kids before the show, because it’s bound to be funnier when you know the general plot of each tale, and who doesn’t love some quality bedtime reading and snuggles with your kids?
Now my son Oliver is only 8-years old, but he is already well versed in Shakespeare. Sounds a bit funny right? I don’t remember reading Shakespeare until Middle School, but we have some lovely books by one of our favourite publishers, Usborne Books, that make it easy to introduce young readers to these Classic Tales. I actually saw the advertisement for ABA’s production before they reached out to me, and knew we were going to take Oliver, so I was super excited when they approached me.
So back to the show prep: Usborne’s “Stories from Shakespeare” is a gorgeous hard, cloth-bound book for your family to treasure. We’ve had ours for a few years now, and re-read it at least once a year. It contains 12 of Shakespeare’s most famous tales, retold for young readers (i.e. no Olde English!), and beautifully illustrated, plus the back of the book features story summaries, main character lists, famous quotes of each tale, and a history of William Shakespeare and his writings. Honestly, Oliver will choose the book sometimes for his own self-directed reading, it’s that good (plus he loves the gory stuff like Macbeth, Julius Caesar!).
The next book is a lift-the-flap book called, “See inside The World of Shakespeare,” that I found locally here in Hong Kong at Artistic Studios and it is a fun complement to the “Stories from Shakespeare.” With over 70 flaps, and lively illustrations, the world of Shakespeare comes to life for kids. We learn about his life, London in the early 1590s, how the Globe theatre works, performing for royalty, and of course summaries of his works, tragedies, comedies, and histories.