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Shakespeare Rocks!

by Steve Titford

Pricing & Order Info.
Ideal Cast Size 73
Speaking Roles 57
Minimum Cast Size 30
Duration (minutes)45-50

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Makes Shakespeare "Cool" and "Current"

Editable Word Doc Script available. Make your own changes

57 speaking roles

Easily reduced to 27 speaking roles. Flexible Cast size to suit YOUR group numbers, from 30 actors upwards. See "Casting" tab below for full instructions.

Any number of chorus parts

CD of Backing Tracks plus essential sound effects available

No pianist required! This CD includes ALL Backing Tracks, Incidental Music and Special Effects in the order you need them enabling production and direction to take place without specialist musical expertise.

CD of Vocal Tracks available for learning the songs

NEW Sing It! Mk. 4 version, now with...

  • "Volume Control" feature
  • "Minimise Window" feature
  • "Lyrics Off" feature
  • "Vocals Off" feature
  • "Line by Line" practising feature
  • "Phrase by Phrase" practising feature

A BRAND NEW product; a CD-ROM or download of all the songs called "Sing it!" is available. This CD-ROM or download can teach the songs to the children without any teacher input. Children can use it at school or at home - think of the time it will save you! Most schools use it in class on an interactive white board or in the school hall on the overhead projector to allow full cast practice. Children LOVE learning this way and the product is foolproof.

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Full Performance Piano/Vocal score (Grade 6 Standard) available

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"Very Easy Play Songs Only" Rehearsal Piano/Vocal Score (Grade 3 / 4 Standard) available

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Duration: 45 - 50 minutes

Full Production Notes

Check out the "Production Notes" in the "Script Sample" below for full details of "Shakespeare Rocks!".

No Problem Props

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Very easy to costume

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Simple staging

Detailed in "Script Sample" below.

Links to New National Curriculum... English/History

Age range: Key Stage 2 Production (7-11 years)
NEW! Instant Scenery with our digital backdrops
A different backdrop for EVERY scene change

Supplied in both a PowerPoint presentation and as individual JPG files.

School Play Backdrop
No more Scenery Painting!

Shakespeare with style!

Aubrey, The Rough Shakespeare Company's pretentious director, obtains what appears to be William Shakespeare's lost diary. Along with Al, his down to earth assistant, the pair decide to embark on an exclusive adaption of the flamboyant Bard's personal journal.

"Shakespeare Rocks!" is a fresh, funny and up to date look at the life and times of William Shakespeare, with a cast of hilarious historical characters, amusing glimpses into some of his works and how he came 'To Be'.

The seven superb songs are exciting, modern and full of energy. They include everything you would want children to know about Shakespeare and the Elizabethan era but, are so 'cool' that they are not only informative, they are guaranteed to enthuse pupils, parents and teachers alike!

Spread the word... Shakespeare didn't just write... he rocked!

Prologue

The show is introduced by Aubrey, the director of the Rough Shakespeare Company, and his assistant Al. They welcome the audience to their exclusive adaption of William Shakespeare's secret diary which they claim to have found. Aubrey begins to read the first extract from the diary as we move to Scene One.

Scene One: 1593 - Will's Study In Stratford

Will is furiously ranting to his family about a bad review he has recently received. He vows to rebuff his critics by becoming a writer so famous that school children will be forced to study his work for centuries to come!

Scene Two: 1595 - London

The song 'Will's Wonderful Words' is performed in the streets by a group of 'cool' Minstrels in sunglasses. Will is now, indeed, rather famous and is constantly chased throughout the song by a legion of fans until he reaches the safety of his study.

Scene Three: A Rehearsal Room

It's audition time in the rehearsal rooms for the female roles. Since no women were allowed to perform on stage at the time, this is quite a difficult process. Will entrusts the loud mouthed, arrogant star of the theatre company, Richard 'Burley' Burbage to take on the task. A farce ensues when a group of Men-Dressed-As-Women with beards and hairy chests try to quote some female lines. The scene gets more ridiculous as a group of Women-Disguised-As-Men-Dressed-As-Women try to infiltrate the audition. The song 'No Girls Allowed' is performed.

Scene Four: 1599 - The Globe Theatre

The finishing touches to the Globe theatre are underway in preparation for the grand opening performance of Henry the Fifth. The song 'Show In The Globe' Is performed before the grand entrance of Queen Elizabeth 1 followed by a group of pesky paparazzi painters hoping for a quick 'sketch'. After an exchange of words between Will and the builders about the extortionate cost, the audience settles down and the beer and apple sellers peddle their wares as the show starts.

Scene Five: 1613 - A Rehearsal Room In London

The cast of Macbeth are rehearsing a scene. Unfortunately, because they are so superstitious, they cannot mention Macbeth by name in case it brings them bad luck. They perform the song 'Don't Mention Mac' just before Macbeth's name is mentioned. Desperate to reverse the bad luck, the Superstitious Sorcerers claim that the only solution is to spin around three times, then say a naughty word. The cast agree to do this but, just before they get chance to say it, Bernie Bottom - the cannon operator - enters the scene with bad news. The Globe Theatre has burnt down!

Scene Six: The Smouldering Ruins Of The Globe Theatre

In the smoked filled remains of the Globe theatre, secret lovers Romeo and Juliet find each other amongst the scorched debris. A Lutenist and Recorder Player enter, trying to find their beloved instruments before stumbling across the besotted pair. The musical Minstrels are shocked to discover that Juliet is, in fact, a real woman and not a Man-Dressed-As-A-Woman. After a charred recorder and a burnt lute are reunited with their owners the song 'Romeos And Juliets' is performed. Will and Anne enter, touched by the love song that they overheard. Will agrees to keep Juliet's secret and even renames his play 'Roger & Janet' after the love struck duo. After a decision to rebuild the Globe, the song 'All The World's A Stage' is performed.

Scene Seven: Will's Bedroom

Will, who is now getting old and is not feeling very well, is attempting to make himself look younger. Anne insists Will rests and he retires to bed where he stumbles upon 'a new-fangled' pencil which inspires one of his most famous quotes. The song 'To Be Or Not To Be' is performed as the finale by the whole cast.

Suggested Cast List For 73 Actors

N.B. In the following list, the number shows how many SPOKEN lines each role has. An asterisk (*) before the character's name indicates that this character ALSO has solo sung or rapped lines.

Character NameNumber of Lines
Will48
Aubrey42
Anne26
Al26
Ollie18
*Burbage17
*Nic14
Director14
Street14
Mac13
Lutenist12
*Juliet12
*Romeo11
Recorder Player10
Banquo10
Queen 10
Bernie5
Beth4
Sorcerer 44
Painter 44
Beer Seller4
Fan 13
Fan 23
Fan 33
Fan 43
Man 13
Sorcerer 53
Actor 13
Actor 43
Hamnet2
Judith2
Man 22
Woman 12
Beryl2
Sorcerer 12
Sorcerer 22
Sorcerer 32
Painter 12
Painter 22
Painter 32
Builder 12
Apple Seller2
Susanna1
Man 31
Man 41
Woman 21
Woman 31
Woman 41
Babs1
Actor 21
Actor 31
Heckler1
Builder 21

Non speaking roles: - *Minstrels 1-4 (Rappers) plus four (miming) Instrumentalist Minstrels, four more Builders, another apple seller and another beer seller. Also four Theatregoers and two Box Office Attendants, some of whom also play the Chorus of Fans in Scene 6.

Suggested Cast List For 30 Actors

N.B. In the following list, the number shows how many SPOKEN lines each role has. An asterisk (*) before the character's name indicates that this character ALSO has solo sung or rapped lines.

Character NameNumber of Lines
Will48
Aubrey42
Anne26
Al26
Queen
also plays *Juliet
22
Hamnet
also plays Actor 2, covering Actor 4's lines and also plays Mac
19
Ollie18
*Burbage17
*Romeo
also plays Actor 1 & Actor 3
15
Woman 2
also plays Director
15
*Nic14
Street14
Man 1
also plays Man 3 and Banquo
14
Lutenist
also plays *Minstrel 1, *Minstrel 3, Trumpet Player 1 & Drum Player
12
Recorder Player
also plays *Minstrels 2 and *4, Trumpet Player 2 & Cymbal Player
10
Man 2
also plays Man 4 and Bernie
8
Fan 1
covers Fan 3's lines and also plays Builder 1
8
Fan 2
covers Fan 4's lines and also plays Builder 2
7
Sorcerer 1
covers Sorcerer 3 and Sorcerer 5's lines
7
Woman 1
also plays Beth
6
Sorcerer 2
covers Sorcerer 4's lines
6
Painter 2
covers Painter 4's lines
6
Painter 1
covers Painter 3's lines and also plays Heckler
5
Woman 3
covers Woman 4's lines and also plays Apple-Seller
4
Beer Seller4
Judith
also plays Babs
3
Susanna
also plays Beryl
3

Non speaking roles: - Two Theatregoers and one Box Office Attendant, all of whom also play the Chorus of Fans in Scene 6.

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5 Star Rating

Shakespeare Rocks!

"I really like the songs and it is very catchy so you should convince lots of other schools to do it"
Zane collie, Glenbrook school, Waiuku

5 Star Rating

Shakespeare Rocks!

"Great play, funny for all "
Sam Rowe, Trinity Primary school, portishead

5 Star Rating

Shakespeare Rocks!

"Outstanding songs! Funny script! What an amazing show! The year 5 & 6 children loved performing it and the parents had a laugh out loud evening of entertainment! "
Year 6 Teacher, Surrey

5 Star Rating

Shakespeare Rocks!

"We have our first show last night and what an evening that was! This was our very first musical we ever put on and I am so glad I chose this musical. The play is funny and songs not only catchy but also educational. There were 91 students (58 in the cast and 33 in the choir) and more than 6 teachers involved. I cannot thank you enough for creating this musical. We all looooved the show and my students absolutely adored it. We will definitely be coming back to Musicline. Jin Hee Choi, Music Teacher, Greenfield Park International "
Jin Hee Choi, Greenfield Park Primary International, Greenfield Park

5 Star Rating

Shakespeare Rocks!

"I love the play sooo much!!! I am also playing Nic who is an amazing part. I love all the songs and the script it self. In my opinion it is a great way to educate young people my age in a very halarious and up beat way. Iove all of the song's especially no girls allowed and Romeos and Juliets! Truthfully, I will keep the script and the songs as a life long memories, I even have my own folder just for Shakespeare Rock's. At my school I am known as the Shakespeare Rock's master because I know so much about it!! I love Steve Titfords new entre Darwin rock's. Thank you so much for this amazing play!!!!!!!! ?"
Secrete P, Rainbow prim, London

5 Star Rating

Shakespeare Rocks!

"I love this cuz my school are doing this for our Leavers play. I get to be Nic even though I am a girl and I am SOOO excited and happy. Thx sooooo much! ??"
JAQ, Bidborough, Tunbridge

5 Star Rating

Shakespeare Rocks!

"my school have just assigned parts, turns out i am juliet. the script is very funny, and the songs are very catchy. EVERYBODY is singing the songs whilst walking down the halway!"
amazingness

5 Star Rating

Shakespeare Rocks!

"This production is an absolute stunner from start to finish. The backing tracks complement wonderfully written songs, and there are plenty of laughs to be had along the way. Very easy to stage and honestly just an incredibly well written production. Would highly recommend - our Year 5s are still singing the songs 6 months later!"
Jamie Wilson, Linton Heights Junior School, Cambridge

5 Star Rating

Shakespeare Rocks!

"We are performing this brilliant play in two weeks time. I am in Year 6 and playing Romeo, who has the wonderful solo with Juliet. All the facts are right from Shakesperian times! I am really enjoying rehearsing this play and all the songs are great - especially 'Show in the Globe' and 'No Girls Allowed'. We have included the whole of KS2 and even the seven and eight year olds (Year 3) have some good parts as well, including the Minstrels and Fans. It has been a really fun and enjoyable time practising the play. Steve Titford has made some really great songs and I would like to thank everybody at Musicline Productions for giving us an awesome end of term musical. "
George Towl, Clapham Terrace Community Primary School and Nursery , Royal Leamington Spa, Warwickshire

5 Star Rating

Shakespeare Rocks!

"You uncorked a veritable genie from a bottle with this fantastic idea and thank you for all the joy you gave, the up-tempo modern kick, the literary links and the sheer feel-good vibe that gave our school such a boost. Your songs just keep rolling around my head. Brilliant and thank you!"
Lance Andrews, Yateley Manor Prep School, Hants

5 Star Rating

Shakespeare Rocks!

"brilliant play with funny parts songs are brilliant especially to be or not to be 5/5 from y6 at westfield community primary school "
y6, westfield primary school , wombourne

5 Star Rating

Shakespeare Rocks!

"we are currently practising it at school and I am babs and I love the songs they are all really catchy long but easy to remember and I have been singing them everywhere I go as they are stuck in my head especially no girls allowed and don't mention mac but they are all great, definitely 5 stars without any long thoughts!!!!!! im keeping the script for a life time! steve tiford, please write another funny, charming script as I love your sense of humour!"
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5 Star Rating

Shakespeare Rocks!

"exelent i love the songs i am doing the play at school!"
kortney, glebe school, ickenham

5 Star Rating

Shakespeare Rocks!

"I think it is a wonderful play to perform. I was a fan in the show and I had to have makeup on! I got look on the script it was amazing. I really like Steve Titford. They are amazing and realistic!"
Beatrice Ewins, Rose Hill, Tunbridge Wells

5 Star Rating

Shakespeare Rocks!

"I just wanted to let you know that we are rehearsing for your brilliant show 'Shakespeare Rocks'. The children really love the songs, and laugh at all the jokes. The 'Sing it!' package with the CD-ROM has been so useful in teaching the songs. The whole school is involved in the production, and all their topic work at the moment is based on Shakespeare. They have learned so many facts from your songs... and have enjoyed the challenge of finding out where your 'artistic licence' does take over! The singing on the CD is excellent."
Stella Mcgann - Music/Drama teacher, St Werburgh's Catholic Primary School, Birkenhead

5 Star Rating

Shakespeare Rocks!

"We are currently working on it. I am Romeo and I am love in it, even though I have to play a boy! I really recommend it."
Hrouse, Wjs, Chelmsford

5 Star Rating

Shakespeare Rocks!

"Definitely the best script I have ever read."
Nicola Laud, Year 6 teacher, Lincolnshire

5 Star Rating

Shakespeare Rocks!

"An utterly brilliant introduction to Shakespeare; oh... those songs!"
Year 6 teacher, Rayleigh, Essex

5 Star Rating

Shakespeare Rocks!

"If this doesn't engage children and have them eating out of our hands, then nothing will! "
Kim Biggs, Music Teacher, Holbeach CP School

5 Star Rating

Shakespeare Rocks!

"We loved the fact that the "Word Doc." Script enabled us to adapt the production to our own needs, namely, the inclusion of extra scenes so every class from Reception to Year 6 could be included. Our children loved the songs and we now wait with bated breath for Steve Titford's next offering."
Kenneth Kies , Headteacher, Eden Park Primary School, Brixham, Devon

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