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a terrific resource for

all things Shakespeare.


The Ultimate Shakespeare Resource Guide

(Thanks to Carole Fegan)                   

A Guide to Shakespeare’s Theater--some meaningful links here (thanks to Tonya Silver)

Check out goodreads--for Shakespeare Adaptations--novels related to Shakespeare

All About William Shakespeare (thanks to Ava Barnes)--a resource for links to Shakespeare’s life, plays, and influence


  1. Shakespeare’s Words  (Use as a CONCORDANCE) This site has glossary lists for each play and poem.  (Go to “definitions” at each work.)

  2.     verb forms

  3.     past tenses

  4.     archaisms

  1.     Words Shakespeare invented

  2.     Phrases attributed to Shakespeare

The Folger Library’s Digital Text Collection, which has several of its texts digitized for easy reading.  Worth checking out.

Figures of Speech and Literary Terms


Portraits of Shakespeare

Video:  A Year in the Life of Shakespeare (James Shapiro)

“Shakespeare in the Classroom” (45 min.)--from the actors of the film Shakespeare in Love

An Introduction to Shakespeare’s Life and Times--from Cambridge University Press

A Shakespeare Timeline gives central details of his life from 1564 to 1616.

Chronology of Plays (Wikipedia)

Shakespeare’s England--Pictures and artifacts of life in Elizabethan England

Cleas Jan Visscher’s 1616 London Panorama

(find the Globe Theater)

PlayShakespeare’s CONCORDANCE

JSTOR’s Understanding Shakespeare

[a special concordance that allows you to find a line from any play and then find critical articles related to it]

Take a virtual of tour of the Globe Theater, sponsored by Clemson University and its 2007 Shakespeare Festival.


  1. About the First Folio of 1623

  2. a series of short videos from the Royal Shakespeare Company

  3. “The Case for the Folio,” by Jonathan Bate (also from the RSC)

  4. Emma Smith:  Why study Shakespeare?

  5. News:  Shakespeare First Folio Discovered in France (New York Times)


(Who wrote Shakespeare?):

The Authorship Debate page

"The Shakespeare Mystery,” from PBS Frontline, gives links to many other sites on the topic of just who wrote the plays attributed to William Shakespeare of Stratford.

“Identity Problem,” from


Absolute Shakespeare , Shakespeare Resource Center , and Shakespeare Online have just about all that you need to enrich your study of Shakespeare

  1. biographical information

  2. help with Shakespeare's language

  3. famous quotations

  4. summaries and related sites on all thiry-seven plays

  5. links to other significant websites (which of course link you to further sites)

Mr. William Shakespeare and the Internet is a terrific resource for Shakespeare sites and criticism online. 

The Shakespeare Resource Center's "Shakespeare's Works" page (at the bottom) has sections on both literary criticism and scholarly journals that lead to some interesting reading.

Podcasts and Videos

BBC’s “In Our Time” (3/4/99)--Shakespeare and Literary Criticism--discussion between literary critics Harold Bloom and Jacqueline Rose on the value of Shakespeare

Shakespeare Unlimited:  Podcasts from the Folger Shakespeare Library (on iTunes or SoundCloud)

PBS’s 2004 four-part documentary:

“In Search of Shakespeare”

Oxford professor Emma Smith’s

Shakespeare Podcasts (on iTunes)

American Shakespeare Center’s PODCAST CENTRAL--lectures from Dr. Ralph Cohen and others on many plays and topics

Chop Bard (In Your Ear Shakespeare)--entertaining close-reading walk-through discussions on Hamlet, Lear, Twelfth Night, The Tempest, and others (on iTunes)

Video Lecture: 

Harold Bloom on Shakespeare (4/20/12)

Shakespeare Uncovered--See episodes of PBS’s series on Shakespeare’s plays

BBC’s Shakespeare Unlocked: 

Julius Caesar (59 min.)

BardCast Archives. Fun two-man podcasts on the plays and other Shakespearean topics.

SHAKESPodospHEARE--Scene-by-scene podcasts from Dr. Greg Martin on Romeo and Juliet, Othello, Julius Caesar,  and The Tempest

Youtube’s Shakespeare Channel

All things Shakespeare

Harvard professor Margorie Garber’s Lecture Series  Here is a series of 90-minute lectures on various plays, including Othello, King Lear, Macbeth, and the Tempest

The Man Behind the Plays--a 100-minute roundtable discussion on Shakespeare’s work

Shakespeare:  From Page to Stage--an interview with novelist Jane Smiley

“my Shakespeare”--a poem by Kate Tempest

[See other projects on the RSC’s myShakespeare social platform-- through the 2012 World Shakespeare Festival.]

RSC Actors’ Workshop with Trevor Nunn [1979 TV special with RSC actors that explores various aspects of Shakespeare in performance--1:42]

Acting Shakespeare, with Ian McKellen [1980 (?) TV performance of Shakespeare’s great characters and speeches--1:25]


[1982 TV series from the Royal Shakespeare Company on acting and performance--each about 50 min.]

  1. 1. The Two Traditions

  2. 2.Using the Verse

  3. 3. Language and Character

  4. 4.Set Speeches and Soliloquies

  5. 5.Irony and Ambiguity

  6. 6.Passion and Coolness

  7. 7.Rehearsing the Text

  8. 8.Exploring a Character

  9. 9.Poetry and Hidden Poetry


The Reduced Shakespeare Company’s Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged--Very, very funny!

Part 1        Part 2        Part 3

Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie comedy sketch:  “Shakespeare Master Class”

(7 min.)

Rowan Atkinson and Hugh Laurie sketch:  “Shakespeare and Hamlet”


“The Taming of the Shrew” (90 min.)

Watch Richard II in a new film, the first in the Henriad tetralogy