Relax! It’s fine for kids to lend their ears to Shakespeare lite

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Relax! It’s fine for kids to lend their ears to Shakespeare lite

No reason the Bard shouldn’t be modernised for young people, provided the telling of the tales is unmarred

Dominic Cavendish

Should Shakespeare be available in child-friendly versions before they tackle the real thing?

Children’s author Michael Morpurgo thinks so. The War Horse author has announced his latest project, a retelling of Shakespeare’s plays in prose form, with modern language and a 21st-century slant, the aim of which is to ensure a new generation regards the playwright as friend not foe.

The prospects are good: Morpurgo has a way of appealing to young readers with fleet-footed action and emotional heft. He’s following, uncontroversially, a long-standing tradition of making Shakespeare palatable — nay, readable and enjoyable — to those of tender years...

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