Two Gentlemen of Verona
As You Like It
Comedy of Errors
Midsummer Night's Dream
Taming of the Shrew


Community Shakespeare Company Editions:
Shakespeare for Young People

This highly intelligent, innovative approach to Shakespeare immediately engages students grade 3 and up, along with the significant adults in their lives: parents, teachers, mentors, community groups are all inspired by these original, re-imagined Elizabethan-style texts. Best of all, children as young as eight love performing them!

CSC Edition scripts are faithful adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays, written in verse, combining the Bard's immortal words with just enough modern English to make the plays easy for youngsters (and Shakespeare-intimidated adults) to understand and embrace. No text currently available makes Shakespeare so accessible to so many. Young children easily memorize these rhyming couplets. Adults who “never understood Shakespeare” are engaged for the first time. These adaptations capture the spirit and the essence of Shakespeare’s original work, while giving his plays fresh energy and interest for today’s audiences. Read more about the scripts.

JUST PUBLISHED - Twelfth Night!

You can order online direct from the author with our secure payment service provided by PayPal. You do not need a PayPal account, but cookies must be enabled. We offer discounts on orders of 20 or more copies of one title. Email Richard Carter for more details.

No performance royalties are being charged at this time. Please buy one book for each participating member of your cast and crew.

Title Order Direct
     Twelfth Night
     The Tempest
     Much Ado About Nothing
     A Midsummer Night's Dream
     Two Gentlemen of Verona
     The Comedy of Errors
     The Taming of the Shrew
     As You Like It
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Scripts are also available from and Click on the titles below to order. Barnes and Noble
Twelfth Night - NEW Twelfth Night -NEW
The Tempest The Tempest
Much Ado About Nothing Much Ado About Nothing
A Midsummer Night's Dream A Midsummer Night's Dream
Two Gentlemen of Verona Two Gentlemen of Verona
The Comedy of Errors The Comedy of Errors
The Taming of the Shrew The Taming of the Shrew
As You Like It As You Like It

Now also available at The Drama Bookshop (NY) - (search for Community Shakespeare) and the Internet Theater Bookshop (UK) - - and many other book sellers. You can also search for Community Shakespeare Company to locate the scripts.

Community Shakespeare Company Scripts are perfect for educators, youth leaders, mentors, and students in public school systems, private schools, home schools, arts enrichment programs, literacy-through-arts organizations, summer camps, children’'s theatres, community theatres, and Shakespeare theatres worldwide.

This system works; the scripts are delightful and respectful of the original texts. We’ve found that kids using CSC scripts adore performing Shakespeare, adults love watching them, and communities benefit from the social, educational, and multi-generational interaction inspired by the play production process. Documentary research establishes the positive educational and social outcomes for youth and their mentors.

For more information, contact Richard Carter at

Scripts and Ordering

About the Scripts


Twelfth Night - NEW

The Tempest

Much Ado About Nothing

A Midsummer Nights Dream

Two Gentlemen of Verona

The Comedy of Errors

Taming of the Shrew

As You Like It

Note: the sample scripts are incomplete and are meant for informational purposes only.

"The reading group of the Portsmouth Athenaeum (including our 80-plus year-old best readers) enjoyed ourselves enormously with the Community Shakespeare "Taming of the Shrew." A lively and delightful evening!"
-- Laura Donohoe, Portsmouth, N.H.

"I'm very impressed. and really filled with awe. I don't know how you did such simple and elegant and eminently usable adaptations. Bravo. And the way the book is designed is just right. It's attractive, friendly, easily readable and easily usable by actors. "
-- Lenka Peterson O'Conner, author, KIDS TAKE THE STAGE

"I'm pleased to say the quality of your work has answered most of our reservations about adapting the Bard and consequently we'd be happy to include your titles at The Internet Theatre Bookshop."
-- Internet Theatre Bookshop


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