Shakespeare Children's Stories 20 Hardback Books Boxed Complete Gift Set
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1. A Winter's Tale
The Winter's Tale is one of Shakespeare's most popular comedies. This story was first published in 1623, and has since been performed worldwide with great success. It is set in Sicily, and revolves around the main character, King Leontes, who is consumed by doubts about his wife's loyalty. Jealousy drives him to plot his best friend's murder, imprison his wife and disown their unborn child. The play stretches over a period of sixteen long years during which Leontes realises his mistakes, and he is finally reunited with his estranged wife and daughter.
2. All's Well That Ends Well
All's Well That Ends Well is one of the most popular comedies of the master playwright, William Shakespeare. The play is woven around Helena, the orphaned daughter of a famous physician, and Bertram, the son of her guardian, the Countess of Rousillon. Helena is in love with Bertram, but he does not return her feelings. Nevertheless, Helena uses her intelligence to win Bertram as her husband.
3. Antony & Cleopatra
Antony and Cleopatra is a brilliant drama of love and war by William Shakespeare. Hailed as one of the master playwright's greatest tragedies, the play is set in ancient Rome and Egypt, and portrays actual events from Roman history. It revolves around its two main characters, Antony, a Roman General, and Cleopatra, the Queen of Egypt. Antony falls in love with Cleopatra, and throughout the play remains torn between his duty and his love for her.
4. As You Like It
"All the world's a stage..." One of the most quoted lines of Shakespeare was first heard in this play. As You Like It is set in the enchanted Forest of Arden, where Rosalind, the daughter of an exiled duke, and Orlando, the son of one of her father's courtiers, become entangled in a game of love and mistaken identity.
5. The Comedy of Errors
"The Comedy of Errors is one of the earliest plays of the great playwright, William Shakespeare. It revolves around two sets of identical twins who were separated at birth. Years later, fate brings them to the same city, and this unleashes the drama caused by mistaken identities.
6. Cymbeline, King of Britain
Cymbeline, King of Britain is one of the best-known works of William Shakespeare. It is a romantic play interwoven with war and tragedy. It revolves around Cymbeline and his daughter, Imogen. Imogen does not abide by her father's wishes, and marries a lowborn gentleman, Posthumous. After their marriage, Posthumous is banished from Britain and Imogen is held as a prisoner in the palace. As the play unfolds, the evil plots of the queen, Imogen's stepmother, the jealousy of Posthumous and the loyalty of Imogen come to light.
7. Julius Caesar
Julius Caesar is one of the greatest tragedies of William Shakespeare. The play is set in ancient Rome and portrays actual events from Roman history. As the play unfolds, the evil conspiracy of Caesar's murder is revealed. Great tragedy strikes Rome when Caesar is murdered, and this is followed by the downfall of his conspirators.
8. King Lear
King Lear is one of the greatest tragedies of the master playwright, William Shakespeare. The play is focused around Lear, the aging King of Britain, and his three daughters, Goneril, Regan and Cordelia. When Lear wants to step down from the throne, he decides to divide his kingdom between his three daughters and asks each daughter how much she loves him. Goneril and Regan, greedy for their share, give him flattering answers, while Cordelia remains silent, which enrages Lear and forces him to disown her. The play tells of Lear's fate once he has given up his kingdom and destroyed his relationship with his daughters.
9. A Midsummer Night's Dream
A Midsummer Night's Dream is one of the most popular comedies of the legendary playwright, William Shakespeare. The play revolves around Hermia and her best friend, Helena. Hermia runs away into the woods with her lover, Lysander, and Demetrius, the man of her father's choice, follows them. Helena follows Demetrius, as she is in love with him and wishes she could win his love. In the woods, they come across Oberon and Titania, King and Queen of the Fairies. Much confusion is created when Puck, one of the fairies, uses love drops on Lysander and Demetrius, which makes both of them fall in love with Helena.
10. Much Ado about Nothing
Much Ado about Nothing is a popular comedy of the greatest playwright of all time, William Shakespeare. The play is set in the quiet town of Messina in Sicily, where two pairs of lovers, Benedick and Beatrice, and Claudio and Hero, meet at the house of Leonato, Hero's father and Beatrice's uncle. Benedick and Beatrice engage in a war of witty exchanges, while Claudio and Hero pledge their love for each other and decide to get married. However, in an unexpected turn of events, Hero and Claudio are estranged and Benedick and Beatrice confess their love.