William Shakespeare is recognized as the greatest playwright in history.
Michael J. Stewart author and Visionary of the Millennium Shakespeare brings for the first time in Shakespeare’s history the complete works in modern language complimented by some of the finest art works ever produced by artists from around the world. Michael J. Stewart's superb modern, easily understandable adaptations are brought to life in a vibrant, unique, and exciting way using comprehensive narrative treatment, introducing the modern reader to the stories that Shakespeare wrote some 400 years ago.
From the early seventeenth century to the beginning of the third millennium, Shakespeare’s literary reputation has flourished. But the competition for the attention of children, who – experts tell us – are all too often ‘reluctant readers’, is intense. We don’t need to be hysterical defenders of a canon inscribed in stone to want the next generation of students to know Shakespeare; but that knowledge must begin somewhere. If an introduction to Shakespeare is to be successful, it is unlikely to be in the setting of an academic symposium. Rather, children need a vehicle like Millennium Shakespeare to prepare them for the adult experience of discovering the work of what many consider the most gifted writer who ever lived.
Distinguished Professor of English
University of California, Riverside, CA, USA
We would like to thank our patrons who have generously helped us in our endeavour to complete the journey of introducing 'all people from all walks of life' to Shakespeare.
Millennium Shakespeare Series
|King Lear, The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Winters Tale|
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Millennium Shakespeare Art Exhibition
Part of the beauty of this series of books is the fact that each set of art in each book is also painted, by a different artist from a different country worldwide and also in different mediums, from oils, Gouache, Acrylics, Water colours, pencils and more, each artist has given an expression of their artistic appreciation of Shakespeare's works and their own culture within the art to celebrate the Millennium Shakespeare.
Please take your time and review some of the beautiful artwork which has taken over 10 years to produce.
The aim of the Millennium Shakespeare is to re-introduce Shakespeare in a beautiful and exciting way.
There will be 228 works of ART in the complete series. The largest single collection of art for Shakespeare in one project ever!
With the recent success of the release of the Millennium Shakespeare April 2006 at the Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford and Bologna Book fair in Italy the Millennium Shakespeare, abbreviated to MS on here, has sold over 2,000,000 copies of the released titles.
MS is a phenomenal success and the MS is likely to become the definitive version of a modern introduction in Prose, complimented with art from 38 artists worldwide.
Keeping up with demand has been difficult with up to 9 new titles released each year from 2006 until the entire MS canon is published.
The MS series was created by author and visionary Michael J. Stewart from Suffolk in England and has been a work in progress for about 12 or more years. The original idea came back in 1985 while studying Shakespeare in preparation to attend one of the 12 accredited acting schools in the UK. Michael was offered a place at the Guildford School of Acting and Dance and accepted the place during 1989. Michael began the series full time in 1996.
Edited by Jeffrey Kahan (Ph.D. Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham); Assistant Professor, University of La Verne.
It is expected that the MS series will be completed within about 4 years. In addition to adapting the entire canon into modern prose, Michael's idea was to commission artists from 38 countries, each artist to paint a series of art representing each title, thus having a world collaboration of art and literature. Each artist offers an expression of their own culture while representing the philosophical values within each story.
The first three titles which have sold over 2,000,000 copies worldwide are; King Lear, The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Winter's Tale
- 1. The Millennium Shakespeare illustrated series of books has allowed a new vision through the Millennium Shakespeare Art Exhibition [MSAE] using the art which compliments the Books series.
- 2. The Millennium Shakespeare ART EXHIBITION [MSAE] continues the cultural discovery of Shakespeare.
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