Don’t Be Afraid to Teach Your Children Shakespeare

“Procession of Characters From Shakespeare's Plays,” circa 1840, unknown artist (manner of Thomas Stothard. (Public Domain)

When Ken Ludwig’s daughter was just 6 years old, he, as with most dads, wanted to get to know her and share one of his own loves. As a two-time Olivier Award-winning playwright, Ludwig’s love just happened to be Shakespeare.

He started with his daughter and then his son. “I just loved sitting down with them for hours at the weekend,” he said.

Having written 25 plays and musicals, which have been performed in over 30 countries worldwide, including six Broadway productions and seven in London’s West End, Ludwig is well-versed in theater. So writing a book about teaching Shakespeare to children may have seemed natural: His “How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare” won the Falstaff Award for best Shakespeare book of 2014.