There a lot of information about William Shakespeare on the internet. This resource is designed to help students with their studies, or just for those who are interested in finding out more about the man, his works and the period in which he lived.
This famous Shakespeare library in Washington DC provides digital copies of the First Folio and the Quartos that Shakespeare’s plays were first printed in. There are pages on Shakespeare’s life, his theatres and some challenges to help you develop your knowledge of the man.
This podcast discusses each play scene by scene. It’s entertaining and accessible; you will not be bored!
This website provides the texts of Shakespeare’s plays and poems with detailed glosseries of many words used, along with other useful details such as plot summaries, lists of characters in each play and diagrams showing character interaction. It also now features the Folio and Quarto variants of the plays.
What would it have been like to walk through the churchyard of St Paul’s during Shakespeare’s lifetime? This website lets you hear what it would have been like to stand there and listen to a sermon being given and provides computer-based visualisations around the churchyard.
Students can see digital versions of all of Shakespeare’s plays and other publications that were available and published during his lifetime e.g. medical books and sermons as well the earliest editions of such classics as Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales and Malory’s Morte d’Arthur.
Watch a wide range of productions of Shakespeare’s plays including the Donmar Theatre’s all-female trilogy encompassing Julius Caesar, Henry IV and The Tempest; the two television series of The Hollow Crown covering Shakespeare’s history plays Richard II, Henry IV, Henry V, Henry VI and Richard III; and films of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s productions between 2013-2019.
The Globe Theatre’s online streaming service offering productions of Shakespeare’s plays performed at London’s Globe Theatre.
Provides online access to performances of Shakespeare from many parts of the world, celebrating Shakespeare as a truly global author.
Offers a streaming service of many filmed theatre productions including those by Shakespeare.
This website features a map (Agas Map) which offers a richly detailed view of the buildings and streets of London. You can zoom into different areas of the map to see where the playhouses of London were located along with other significant venue such as the Inns of Court, Halls and Chapels. Click on individual locations and also get lists of resources in which those places are mentioned.
This website contains lots of information about the locations and historical evidence for Shakespeare’s theatres. You can download walking tours of the sites of the old playhouses round London and listen to lectures and watch videos about the playhouses.