Study Guide Archive

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey is pleased to assist educators by providing comprehensive audience guides for each of our Main Stage and Shakespeare LIVE! productions. Student Activity Guides are made available for touring productions and shows presented in our Student Matinee series. These guides are provided free of charge to assist teachers in preparing students to view the plays and integrating the play into their classroom curricula.

Each study guide contains a brief synopsis; background information on the author, the play, the production and its themes; pre- and post-show activities to enhance the educational impact of the students' theatregoing experience; a select bibliography; and a section on The Core Standards.

Study guides for the current season's shows can be found on the individual show pages (located in the Student Matinees and In Your School sections of the website). Below you will find links to study guides from past seasons.

Each guide is saved in PDF format. To open, read, and print the guides, you'll need Adobe Acrobat Reader, which you can download for free from To download each guide, click the name of the desired show.

Each guide is the property of The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, but may be reproduced freely for educational use by groups attending The Shakespeare Theatre productions.

All's Well That Ends Well, 2010 A Child's Christmas in Wales, 2016
As You Like It, 2013 A Most Dangerous Woman, 2013
The Comedy of Errors, 2008 A Streetcar Named Desire, 2008
Coriolanus, 2016 A Song at Twilight, 2016
Cymbeline, 2006 The Alchemist, 2014
Hamlet, 2009 Amadeus, 2008
Henry V, 2007 Around the World in Eighty Days, 2009
Henry VI: Blood and Roses, 2007 Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, 2007
Henry VIII, 2014 Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, 2011
Love's Labour's Lost, 2015 Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist, 2012
The Merry Wives of Windsor, 2015 The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) (revised), 2016
Much Ado About Nothing, 2014 The Devil's Disciple, 2014
Othello, 2011 The Diary of Anne Frank, 2015
Pericles, 2013 Exit the King, 2016
Richard III, 2006 Equivocation, 2015
Richard III, 2016 Fallen Angels, 2013
Romeo and Juliet, 2008 The Grapes of Wrath, 2009
The Taming of the Shrew, 2010 The Guardsman, 2015
The Tempest, 2014 I Capture The Castle, 2010
Twelfth Night, 2009 The Learned Ladies, 2014
The Winter's Tale, 2008 The Lion in Winter, 2010
  The Little Foxes, 2009
  Misalliance, 2015
  The Misanthrope, 2011
  Our Town, 2013
  The Playboy of the Western World, 2013
  Pride and Prejudice, 2006
  Red Velvet, 2016
  The Royal Family, 2015
  The Time of Your Life, 2007
  Trelawny of the Wells, 2012
  To Kill A Mockingbird, 2011
  Tovarich, 2013
  Wittenberg, 2014



Shakespeare LIVE! Touring Productions
The Comedy of Errors, 2013
Julius Caesar, 2014
Macbeth, 2015
A Midsummer Night's Dream, 2017
Romeo and Juliet, 2013

Nevermore: The Final Nightmares of Edgar Allan Poe, 2008
Old Echoes, New Ears: The Myths and Legends of Ancient Greece, 2006