8 Shakespeare Group Readers or guided reading play scripts, in style of Readers Theater: Macbeth, Hamlet, A Midsummer Nights Dream, Twelfth Night, Henry V, Romeo & Juliet, Anthony & Cleopatra and The Tempest
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Sample Texts from Set of 8 Shakespeare Plays (no quizzes)
Play 1: Macbeth
King Duncan: Call yourself my general? Bah! Some man! Not even able to stand up to your own wife!
Macbeth: Well you should try it! Once she sets her mind on something …
Banquo: But what about your mind? How could you first murder your own king, and then me, your best friend?
Macduff: It's called ‘divided loyalties'. Shame he listened to his wife .. rather than his own conscience.
Macbeth: But all that power! Being a king! How could I resist? What else could I do?
King Duncan: Er. . only a suggestion, but how about ‘No!'
Play 2: Hamlet
Claudius (Hamlet's step father)
Gertrude (Hamlet's mother)
Polonius (Lord Chamberlain)
Laertes (son of Polonius)
Ophelia (daughter of Polonius)
Ophelia: If only I had known what you were going through. I just thought you didn't love me anymore.
Polonius: It looked very much that way.
Hamlet: A shame you didn't just stay out of it. You'd still be alive today if you hadn't interfered.
Claudius: Played right into my hands. My personal spy – using his own daughter to find out what Hamlet was up to.
Gertrude: Like that night at the theatre.
Play 3: A Midsummer Night's Dream
Oberon (King of the Fairies)
Puck (Oberon's servant)
Helena: Love! Whoever said it made the world go round!
Puck: Not in my experience!
Lysander: Not when certain ‘powers' are placed in the wrong hands!
Hermia: All it does is turn the world upside down!
Demetrius: Certainly very confusing, when you're in love with one woman one minute, and someone else the next!
Helena: To say nothing of what it's like to be on the receiving end!
Oberon: (tutting). Tch! Tch! Never satisfied these earthlings!
Hermia: Huh! Coming from you! You who schemed to have your own wife fall in love with a donkey! What was that all about?
Play 4: Twelfth Night
Sebastian (twin to Viola)
Viola alias Cesario (twin to Sebastian)
Orsino (Duke of Illyria)
Malvolio (servant to Olivia)
Sir Toby Belch (uncle to Olivia)
Malvolio: Well, considering who you first fell for …
Olivia: Oh please! How was I to know he was a she!
Orsino: Yes, you weren't the only one to get it wrong! There I was, lovesick over you, a countess who had no interest in me; whilst the love of my life was there, in front of me, all the time!
Sir Tony Belch: But disguised as a page, Cesario.
Olivia: The most beautiful youth I had ever seen. No wonder I fell in love with him!
Viola: And no wonder I ran a mile!
Play 5: Henry V
Sentry (Michael Williams)
French King (Charles)
Earl of Cambridge
Henry: No man should ever be punished for speaking his mind.
Cambridge: Even when he accused his young king of getting his soldiers to do all his dirty work?
Ambassador: And being too young and inexperienced to be leading an army?
Charles: I don't think I would have stood for that!
Catherine: But that's precisely what made Henry such a great king. He was prepared to listen to the common man, even if it was in criticism of himself.
Sentry: Exactly. Pride was not something our young king suffered from.
Play 6: Romeo and Juliet
Prince of Verona
Juliet: But even if you had, nothing could have stood in the way of our love!
Tybalt: Except me!
Mercutio: Yes, you sure messed things up for them!
Tybalt: What? By being killed by Romeo?
Romeo: But not before you had killed my best friend, here – Mercutio.
Prince: All the same. Taking the law into your own hands was a big mistake.
Romeo: And one I regretted almost immediately afterwards.
Play 7: Antony & Cleopatra
Cleopatra: A match made in heaven! Oh to be in love!
Antony: Indeed, my Cleopatra! Your beauty outshone even that of Helen of Troy!
Octavia: And his bravery was, at one time, equal to none!
Octavius: Meaning that his life as a soldier, looking after his homeland, came to a lengthy halt, whilst his attentions were diverted elsewhere!
Lepidus: To be duped by that Egyptian temptress!
Octavius: A sorry fate for such a man. Though my uncle, the great Julius Caesar, was also taken in by her winning ways.
Play 8: The Tempest
Caliban: Phew! The lengths some people will go to right past mischief!
Miranda: By which you mean helping my dad's brother, Antonio, to steal his dukedom? And then to put us on a boat to nowhere, in the hope that we'll perish?
Caliban: Hmm. Now when you put it like that …. Maybe ‘mischief' doesn't quite cover it!
Prospero: I'll say! Theft and then attempted murder!
Ferdinand: And yet you still found it in your heart to forgive him? How so?
Prospero: By looking at you and my daughter! Love is a great healer!