The Shakespeare Stealer (one-act)

The Shakespeare Stealer (one-act)
adapted by Gary L. Blackwood

Productions (16)
  • Historical drama for young audiences
  • 60 - 75 minutes
  • 2 f, 7 m (9-15 actors possible: 2-6 f, 7-12 m)
  • Set: Unit set. An apothecary, a home, and the Globe Theatre.

The Shakespeare Stealer (one-act)
adapted by Gary L. Blackwood

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Productions (16)
  • Historical drama for young audiences
  • 60 - 75 minutes
  • 2 f, 7 m (9-15 actors possible: 2-6 f, 7-12 m)
  • Set: Unit set. An apothecary, a home, and the Globe Theatre.

In 1601, a Yorkshire orphan skilled in shorthand (and in lying) is hired by a mysterious stranger to steal the script of Hamlet. But when he inadvertently becomes part of Shakespeare's acting troupe, he begins to reconsider his assignment... (A full-length version of this play is also available.)

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Pricing Information

Min. Performance Fee* $40
Standard Edition $9.99
Stage Manager Edition $17.99

*The per performance fee begins at $40. Your per performance fee will be provided during the ordering process.

Play Details

In 1601, a Yorkshire orphan skilled in shorthand (and in lying) is hired by a mysterious stranger to steal the script of Hamlet. But when he inadvertently becomes part of Shakespeare's acting troupe, he begins to reconsider his assignment... (A full-length version of this play is also available.)

  • Historical drama for young audiences
  • 60 - 75 minutes
  • 2 f, 7 m (9-15 actors possible: 2-6 f, 7-12 m)
  • Set: Unit set. An apothecary, a home, and the Globe Theatre.

Published Reviews

"...perhaps the most revelatory lesson to be gleaned from The Shakespeare Stealer is simply that so-called educational theater can be darned entertaining."

The Washington Post

"...An absorbing story of intrigue sprinkled with jokes and wordplay that will interest older members of the audience, while capturing the interest of younger children with plenty of razzle-dazzle action."

GoCityKids (Seattle)

"...A wonderful contemporary way to introduce or reinforce young people's exposure to William Shakespeare... The Shakespeare Stealer has it all -- action, comedy, and suspenseful drama."

The Tennessean (Nashville)

"Blackwood writes with a lucid pen, bringing Elizabethan England alive... The Shakespeare Stealer is a crackerjack play."

Queen Anne News (Seattle)

"Its strength as a dramatic vehicle is an immediately engaging story -- very much in the spirit of such boys' adventure tales as Treasure Island -- and fascinating historical background... There's skullduggery and swordplay, good guys and bad guys, and even a little sincere romance thrown in for lighthearted measure. There are also lessons aplenty for the youngsters: about the value and importance of both giving and receiving praise; about friendship; about family and a sense of belonging."

Nashville Scene

"Gary Blackwood's The Shakespeare Stealer is a clever, often funny, drama, refreshingly original and amazingly thrilling. Filled with 17th century costumes, and fine Yorkshire and British accents, the play engages and introduces the wonderful world of Shakespearian theatre to kids."

Chicago Critic

"The Shakespeare Stealer has all the great elements of a captivating kids' show: drama, comedy, suspense, high energy and the rub of a moral dilemma."

Parent World (Nashville)

"...A fine story, rich with the immediacy of detail, intrigue and danger that makes great adventure... vivid and entertaining drama... particularly good at conveying the actor's craft, the thrill and discipline that go with performance..."

Aisle Say

"The Shakespeare Stealer is a solid piece of drama, capturing the color and excitement of Elizabethan theatre and engaging us with an intricate and well-made story... It certainly makes the sometimes forbidding area of Shakespeare much more friendly and welcoming to young minds discovering it for the first time. That's no small achievement."

Aisle Say

"The script is marvelous, replete with action and humor and featuring strong characters with whom today's children can identify."

The Seattle Herald

Production History

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JAN 25, 2016 - APR 22, 2016
Idaho Shakespeare Festival
Boise, ID United States
Idaho Shakespeare Festival Boise, ID United States
DEC 07, 2013 - DEC 08, 2013
DevoDrama
Brookline, MA United States
DevoDrama Brookline, MA United States
SEP 07, 2013 - SEP 08, 2013
University Preparatory Academy
Seattle, WA United States
University Preparatory Academy Seattle, WA United States
DEC 15, 2012 - DEC 16, 2012
WEST Performing Arts
Santa Cruz, CA United States
WEST Performing Arts Santa Cruz, CA United States
MAY 10, 2012 - MAY 12, 2012
Theatre Of Western Springs' Cattell Theatre
Western Springs, IL United States
Theatre Of Western Springs' Cattell Theatre Western Springs, IL United States
FEB 18, 2012 - FEB 18, 2012
Calvin College
Grand Rapids, MI United States
Calvin College Grand Rapids, MI United States
DEC 01, 2011 - DEC 03, 2011
Calvin College
Grand Rapids, MI United States
Calvin College Grand Rapids, MI United States
NOV 17, 2011 - NOV 18, 2011
Ashland Middle School
Ashland, OR United States
Ashland Middle School Ashland, OR United States
FEB 18, 2011 - FEB 18, 2011
Cincinnati Waldorf School
Cincinnati, OH United States
Cincinnati Waldorf School Cincinnati, OH United States
DEC 17, 2010 - DEC 18, 2010
Mount Nittany Middle School
State College, PA United States
Mount Nittany Middle School State College, PA United States
MAY 17, 2010 - MAY 17, 2010
White Station Middle School
Memphis, TN United States
White Station Middle School Memphis, TN United States
MAY 13, 2010 - MAY 14, 2010
Woodward Academy
College Park, GA United States
Woodward Academy College Park, GA United States
MAR 05, 2010 - MAR 06, 2010
Artios Academies Of Duluth
Sugar Hill, GA United States
Artios Academies Of Duluth Sugar Hill, GA United States
MAR 01, 2009 - MAR 30, 2009
Green Mountain Homeschoolers
Morrisville, VT United States
Green Mountain Homeschoolers Morrisville, VT United States
FEB 26, 2009 - MAR 01, 2009
North Central Texas College
Gainesville, TX United States
North Central Texas College Gainesville, TX United States
MAR 01, 2002 - MAR 17, 2002
Kennedy Center Lab Theatre
Washington, DC United States
Kennedy Center Lab Theatre Washington, DC United States
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JAN 25, 2016 - APR 22, 2016
Idaho Shakespeare Festival
Boise, ID United States
Idaho Shakespeare Festival Boise, ID United States
MAR 01, 2002 - MAR 17, 2002
Kennedy Center Lab Theatre
Washington, DC United States
Kennedy Center Lab Theatre Washington, DC United States