Manga Shakespeare is a series of graphic novel adaptations of William Shakespeare's plays. A fusion of classic Shakespeare with manga visuals, these cutting-edge adaptations have gripped and intrigued readers across the world. Each play uses Shakespeare's original scripts, carefully abridged by series editor, Richard Appignanesi and illustrated by leading UK-based manga artists. Each manga is made up of around eight colour pages and 199 black and white pages which are read in the Western style, left-to-right.
The Manga Shakespeare iPad app allows you to purchase each of the plays individually and experience them as an animated version or simply read them page-by-page.
– an animated digital version of each manga/graphic novel
– automated animated play mode with variable reading speed
– exploration mode to dive into each panel, zoom and pan at your own pace
– easy and intuitive navigation between pages and panels
– full support for multi-touch, swipe, landscape mode
– page mode to display the original layout of the manga/graphic novel
Each play has been illustrated in manga style by leading UK-based artist with a unique setting and costumes, designed to give a fresh perspective on Shakespeare's stories.There are fourteen plays that can be purchased inside the Manga Shakespeare iPad app:
Romeo & Juliet – illustrated by Sonia Leong
The world’s most famous love story. Set in modern-day Japan, two young lovers are caught up in a bitter feud between their rival Yakuza families – the Montagues and the Capulets.
The Tempest – illustrated by Paul Duffield
Prospero, robbed of his dukedom, is marooned on a wild island with his daughter Miranda. He uses his magic skills to shipwreck his usurping brother and those who exiled him.
Macbeth – illustrated by Rob Deas
In this futuristic version of Shakespeare’s tale of murder and the supernatural, Samurai warriors have reclaimed an alternate, post-nuclear world of mutants.
Twelfth Night – illustrated by Nana Li
A tale of unrequited love, family dispute and a disastrous shipwreck.
Hamlet – illustrated by Emma Vieceli
Shakespeare’s most enigmatic play is re-set in a war-torn cyberworld.
The Merchant of Venice – illustrated by Faye Yong
After borrowing a large sum of money from Shylock, the merchant Antonio faces financial ruin when his fleet of ships is sunk.
As You Like It – illustrated by Chie Kutsuwada
This dazzling comedy is reimagined in an Oriental world in the Forest of Ar-den.
Othello – illustrated by Ryuta Osada
In this fantastical version of Shakespeare’s famous tragedy, the action begins amidst the carnival atmosphere of an otherworldly Venice carnival.
A Midsummer Night's Dream – illustrated by Kate Brown
“The course of true love never did run smooth...” Chaos reigns as jealous, meddlesome fairies and a powerful love potion combine, plunging four young Athenian lovers into romantic turmoil.
Julius Caesar – illustrated by Mustashrik
A soothsayer warns Julius Caesar in this iconic portrayal of noble ideals turned to bloodshed.
Much Ado About Nothing – illustrated by Emma Vieceli
Henry VIII – illustrated by Patrick Warren
First performed under the title All is True in 1613, Henry VIII traces the ups and downs of Fortune that rule over human affairs – in the corridors of power and behind closed doors.
King Lear – illustrated by Ilya
The story of Lear, the old chieftain, who divides his kingdom among his three daughters is the most terrifying tragedy ever written.
Richard III – illustrated by Patrick Warren
This epic history portrays the rise and fall of this seductive rogue in one of the bloodiest chapters of the English monarchy.
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