The Ultimate List of Shakespeare Retellings

We've all heard of Shakespeare, right? He's kind of famous, and because of that fame and the fact that the plays he wrote were undoubtedly great stories there have been a plethora of retellings. As we put together February's A Shakespearean Mystery box for you we thought it would be cool to pull together a big list of all the retellings we could find or think of.

Of course we'll have missed some so feel free to tell us about them in the comments and we'll add them in! All links go through to Wordery, an excellent independent alternative to Amazon, and are affiliate meaning if you do use them to make a purchase we receive a very small commission and are eternally grateful!


Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev

Kill Shakespeare by Connor McCreery, Anthony Del Col & Andy Belanger (Graphic Novel)

My Name is Will by Jess Winfield

Shakespeare Saved My Life: Ten Years in Solitary with the Bard by Laura Bates (Nonfiction)

A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Scream by R.L Stine

This Must Be Love by Tui Sutherland (YA)


A Wounded Name by Dot Hutchinson

Falling for Hamlet by Michelle Ray

Ophelia by Lisa Klein

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard

The Dead Father's Club by Matt Haig

The Lunatic, the Lover and the Poet by Myrlin A. Hermes

The Steep & Thorny Way by Cat Winters (gender swapped)

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski

To Be or Not To Be: A Chooseable Path Adventure by Ryan North

King Lear

A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley

Fool by Christopher Moore


As I Descended by Robin Talley

Enter Three Witches by Caroline B. Cooney

The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents Macbeth by Ian Lendler

The Third Witch by Rebecca Reisert

Throne of Blood (movie)

Much Ado About Nothing

Beatrice and Benedick (Historical)by Marina Fiorato

Confessions of a Triple Shot Betty by Jody Gehman

The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You by Lily Anderson (YA)


Desdemona by Toni Morrison

Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) by Ann-Marie MacDonald

I, Iago by Nicole Galland

Richard III

Requiem of the Rose King by Aya Kanno (Manga)

Romeo and Juliet

Juliet by Anne Fortier

Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay

O, Juliet by Robin Maxwell

Prince of Shadows by Rachel Caine

Romiette and Julio by Sharon M. Draper

Romeo And/Or Juliet: A Chooseable Path Adventure by Ryan North

Romeo's Ex: Rosalind's Story by Lisa Fiedler

Saving Juliet by Suzanne Selfors

Scribbler of Dreams by Mary E. Pearson

Still Star-Crossed by Melinda Taub

The Juliet Club by Suzanne Harper

The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents Romeo and Juliet by Ian Lendler & Zack Giallongo (Childrens, Graphic Novel)

Prince of Cats by Ron Wimberly

Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

West Side Story (movie)

YOLO Juliet by Brett Wright (YA)

The Merchant of Venice

Shylock is my Name by Howard Jacobson

The Taming of the Shrew

10 Things I Hate About You - in my mind this is the ultimate retelling. So much so that for years I didn't actually realise that it was The Taming of the Shrew (which I still have to admit to not having actually read). A guy pays a guy to date a girl's sister so that a different guy can date the original girl. Ultimate teen angsty,romantic comedy excellence starring the late, wonderful Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles.

Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler

The Tempest

Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood

Tempestuous by Kim Askew and Amy Helmes

The Dream of Perpetual Motion by Dexter Palmer

The Sea and the Mirror by W.H Auden

The Winter's Tale

The Gap of Time by Jeanette Winterson

Twelfth Night

Babe in Boyland by Jody Gehlman

She's the Man (movie)

The Madness of Love by Katherine Davies

Of course we'll have missed some things so if you know of one that's not on the list please give us a shout and we'll add it on! Which are you most excited to read?

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