Only in the world of the theater can Nat Field find an escape from the tragedies that have shadowed his young life. So he is thrilled when he is chosen to join an American drama troupe traveling to London to perform "A Midsummer Night's Dream" in a new replica of the famous Globe theater.
Shortly after arriving in England, Nat goes to bed ill and awakens transported back in time four hundred years -- to another London, and another production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Amid the bustle and excitement of an Elizabethan theatrical production, Nat finds the warm, nurturing father figure missing from his life -- in none other than William Shakespeare himself. Does Nat have to remain trapped in the past forever, or give up the friendship he's so longed for in his own time?
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Read by Jim Dale
4 hours 49 minutes, 3 cassettes
An ABA Pick of the Lists
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 1999
Nat Field has been picked by a dazzling international director to perform at Shakespeare's Globe, London's amazing new copy of the theater for which William Shakespeare wrote his plays four hundred years ago. As the boys begin to rehearse strange, eerie echoes of the past begin creeping in. Nat goes to bed mysteriously sick and wakes up healthy. ?But he's no longer in the present, he's in 1599, acting at the original Globe. And his costar is Shakespeare himself; no longer a vague historical figure, but a quirky, warm-hearted writeractor whose friendship changes Nat forever.
"Cooper brilliantly weaves past and present together, using London's Globe Theatre as backdrop, to demonstrate the timelessness of Shakespeare's works and the theater at large." -Publishers Weekly, starred review
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Book Description Bodley Head, 1999. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0370326202