When a local library begins shredding it’s books due to the popularity of e-readers, a limited edition copy of Macbeth must lead his Shakespearean archive to safety at the National Archive before they’re shredded too.
When a provincial library pulps its books in favor of e-readers, Henry V must lead the other plays in a rare collection of Shakespeare to safety in the British Museum.
I suggest Henry V instead of Macbeth because the mature “Hank” was Shakespeare’s model for kingship. And then you can buddy Henry with Falstaff, as a trickster character, for comic relief.
Minor quibble: National Archives are for government documents, not literature. [If the setting is in the U.S., their destination would be the Library of Congress]. Of course, one of the complications could be that they set out for the wrong location.
Yes, I think this concept has legs especially if the gimmick is that each play reflects the defining characteristic of its title or salient characters. Hamlet is indecisive, can’t make up his mind whether to go or not to go. … Julius Caesar and Richard III think they should lead the literary expedition. . Lacy Macbeth nags her husband to man up, and take charge… Antony just wants to shack up somwhere with Cleopatra… Romeo & Juliet must struggle to keep the truce, stop their supporting cast from feuding in sword fights… Prospero thinks the solution to every complication along the way is sorcery…
“This is very midsummer madness.”
My only caveat is the challenge of the target audience. Kids aren’t going to pick up on and appreciate the references to characters and plots in Shakespeare’s plays. The trick is to do what Pixar does so well, tell a story that plays on two levels, entertaining kids while appealing to adults.
Good luck with the story.