SHAKESPEARE IN ONE EASY LESSON

or

A WINTER‘S TALE

With apologies to dear old Will

Our story begins with two young people. He’s a handsome young Adonis and she‘s a sweet young Venus. VENUS AND ADONIS, in fact. But their love isn‘t really MEASURE FOR MEASURE. She was planning a honeymoon that would be A MIDSUMMER‘S NIGHT‘S DREAM, but it turned out to be a case of LOVE‘S LABOUR‘S LOST when she discovered that he was mortgaged up to the hilt with THE MERCHANT OF VENICE. She also found he was TITUS ANDRONICUS with his money. So she‘s told him that their relationship must end, because, she says, she genuinely has A LOVER’S COMPLAINT and that she has no intention of eating the humble pie that ROMEO AND JULIET. Naturally, he plays HAMLET at this, but THE TAMING OF THE SHREW is beyond him, so he goes off to console himself with THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR.

She says, "Oh, that‘s AS YOU LIKE IT, is it ?" and to pay him out she has it away with TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA.

However, by the TWELFTH NIGHT they‘ve both had second thoughts about this COMEDY OF ERRORS and decided after all it was MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING.

And the moral, of course, is that ALL‘S WELL THAT ENDS WELL.

 

(The copyright of this little effort belongs to another Will, namely Bill Stanton — and if I find anyone using it for public performance without my agreement he’ll think he’s run into THE TEMPEST).

© W. G. Stanton BA (Hons.)

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