In All the World’s a Grave, John Reed reconstructs the works of
William Shakespeare into a new five-act tragedy. The language is
Shakespeare’s, but the drama that unfolds is as fresh as the blood on
Prince Hamlet goes to war for Juliet, the daughter of King Lear.
Having captured Juliet as his bride—by reckless war—he returns home to
find that his mother has murdered his father and married Macbeth.
Enter Iago, who persuades Hamlet that Juliet is having an affair with
Romeo. As the Prince goes mad with jealousy, King Lear mounts his
army. . .
This play promises to be the most provocative and entertaining work to
be added to the Shakespeare canon since Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and
Guildenstern Are Dead.
Fascinating and entertaining … enough surprises to delight even
those well versed in the Bard. —Jack Helbig, Booklist
I feel fired up! What a dramatic re-imagination is herein offered us!
Reed caramelizes the Bard’s plays into a great and terrifying world,
the state in continual war. “All the World’s a Grave” is a dizzying
feat of writing and scholarship, and uncannily contemporary in its
brew of constant trouble. —Lynne Tillman
The literary trick of the Year! —Page 6, New York Post
I can’t quite believe “All The World’s A Grave”: Such an Original
idea. —Sir Ian McKellen
This is the Frankenstein’s monster of Shakespearean tragedy. —William
All the World’s a Grave