Eight comedies, seven tragedies and five history plays have been selected for retelling especially for the young playgoer. These are the likeliest plays to be found in current production and the emphasis is entirely on the story line. The sharp black and white photographs of contemporary actors in full costume add much to the eye appeal of this book. For those readers who approach it for a story rather than an education, the book seems adequate. However, it does suffer in comparison with Marchette Chute's Stories from Shakespeare (1956) which retold all 36 plays to be found in the First Folio, provided comments on the playwright's sources and intent and a full index of names. Twenty Tales does none of these things but does fill the function it was intended to fill. The stories are clearly condensed.