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Shakespeare's Plays


Without doubt, the Bard penned some of literature’s greatest works. Shakespeare's plays have stood the test of time and remain fresh and relevant upon numerous re-readings. Find out why with our collection of resources and discover the magic of Shakespeare’s plays.
  1. The Tragedies
  2. The Comedies
  3. The Histories
  4. Studying Shakespeare's Plays
  1. How To Read a Play
  2. Performing a Shakespeare Play
  3. Historical Context to Shakespeare's Plays

The Tragedies

Shakespeare is perhaps most famous for his tragedies – indeed, many consider Hamlet to be the best play ever written. Other tragedies include Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth and King Lear, all of which are immediately recognizable, regularly studied and frequently performed.

The Comedies

The Shakespeare comedy plays have stood the test of time. Today, Shakespeare comedy plays like The Tempest, The Merchant of Venice and Much Ado About Nothing continue to enthrall and entertain audiences worldwide.

The Histories

Which plays are classified as Shakespeare histories and what are their common features?

Studying Shakespeare's Plays

Our collection of play study guides are designed to accompany your own reading of Shakespeare’s plays. They are an ideal way to introduce newcomers and immerse more experienced readers deeper into the texts.

How To Read a Play

Don’t know your verse from your prose? Do the words “iambic pentameter” fill you with fear? Our straightforward guides to Shakespeare’s language reveal the conventions he used in his writing.

Performing a Shakespeare Play

Shakespeare wrote for the stage, so the best way to appreciate his plays is through performance. This collection of resources will help you to prepare for anything from an audition to a full-scale production

Historical Context to Shakespeare's Plays

Shakespeare's plays were a product of the world around him and were shaped by the theater scene of the time. It is therefore important to look at the historical context of theater and literature in Elizabethan and Jacobean England in order to fully appreciate Shakespeare's plays.

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