short funny comedy play for KS3, middle school kids
The play "Hamlet and Ted's Woe" is a parody of Shakespeare's Hamlet which incorporates comedy, suspense and action all into an exhilarating play.
I love this play and that's why I turned it into a comedy-parody for kids.
Shakespeare's original Hamlet is the greatest tragedy play of all time. Scholars aren't exactly sure when Hamlet was first written. Also, there's been a lot of debate about the inconsistencies in the character of the Prince of Denmark, but one thing is for sure: Shakespeare's Hamlet isn't a play for pacifists to enjoy. It would be like taking your best vegetarian friend into the butcher's for quick bit of sightseeing. Anyway, back to the play...
Two of the key themes of the play are madness and revenge. Hamlet was an instant hit in Shakespeare's own time and has retained its popularity ever since. It was loosely based on the legend of 'Amleth' as recorded in the thirteenth-century. The lead role was written specifically for Shakespeare's friend and top actor of the day, Richard Burbage. Famous actors still relish the prospect of playing Hamlet on stage, for example Jude Law.
To perform the adapted comedy play, get the script:
Hamlet and Ted's Woe
Author: Robert Reed Cast: 14 (min 3 females, min 6 males) Duration: 25 minutes Age group: 11-13 years (US Jr High 6th-7th Graders; UK KS3 Year 7-8) Genre: comedy / parody
Short comedy script for kids
Did uncle Claudius really kill Hamlet's father? Is the ghost even haunting the right castle?
Some original Shakespearian language is used, but in a manner that is accessible to all.
Elsinore Castle is visited by a ghost appearing to be that of the former king. Hamlet's been miserable ever since the death of his father. After talking with the spectre, Hamlet embarks on revenge against his uncle, the new king. But, this ghost seems extremely confused. Did uncle Claudius really kill Hamlet's father? Is the ghost even haunting the right castle?
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