Shakespeare’s Plays

Shakespeare, William Shakespeare

Shakespeare: Resources on the Man and His Work

“He was not for an age but for all time,” Ben Jonson declared in the dedication to the 1623 First Folio of the plays of William Shakespeare. His poetry and plays are still published, produced, discussed, translated and analyzed in the 21st century, but Shakespeare himself remains the subject of speculation and mystery. Use this Web Guide to Shakespeare to examine the man and the controversies, as well as his work and its central place in English-speaking culture today.

William Shakespeare’s Life

Considering the scope of his fame, little is known about William Shakespeare's ... read more »

Shakespeare’s Works

Shakespeare has more books written about him than any other writer, he’s the most produced ... read more »

Shakespeare’s Authorship

Not only do Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets exhibit broad knowledge of the works of classical ... read more »

The Age of Shakespeare

Shakespeare lived and worked between 1564 and 1616, placing him squarely in the long and important ... read more »

Shakespeare’s Plays

Like learning a second language, learning to love Shakespeare's plays can sometimes require a little more than the written word. After all, the plays were meant to be performed, and there’s no better way to comprehend the meaning than to see actors on stage that know how to make those words come alive. Use this section of the guide to find out where to see the finest performances of Shakespeare’s plays, and where to visit some of Shakespeare’s historic locales.

Insights for Shakespeare's Plays

  • Seeing Shakespeare's plays doesn’t have to mean starched ruffles! His plays provide such rich material and are performed so frequently that they’re often interpreted through a huge variety of styles, often with wildly imaginative costumes, sets or conceits that just may redefine your idea of Shakespeare.

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Shakespeare and the English Language

Shakespeare is called the greatest author in the English language not only because his works are in ... read more »

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