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Shakespeare's Life and Texts

Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Stratford-upon-Avon, UK Learn about Shakespeare's life and his birthplace of Stratford.

Britannica: Shakespeare and the Globe Read about Shakespeare's life and plays, as well as early modern theatre, actors, and society.

Shakespeare Authorship Page A wealth of information on the anti-Stratfordian debate.

Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington D.C. The Folger holds the largest collection of Shakespeare's works (and related materials) in North America. Find information on current exhibits, theatre productions, and the library itself, or search the online catalogue, Hamnet. Check out the Folger's channel on YouTube for talks on iambic pentameter and Macbeth raps.

Internet Shakespeare Editions, University of Victoria, Canada Provides old-spelling editions of quarto and folio texts, plus information about Shakespeare's life, his works, and his times.

Shakespeare in Quarto, British Library, London, UK See 107 copies of the 21 plays by Shakespeare printed in quarto before the closure of the theatres in 1642, and how Shakespeare's plays have changed in print and in performance from 1660 to today, plus information about Shakespeare, his works, the printing of his plays and London's theatre scene.

First Folio, the Oxford Text Archive A searchable on-line edition of the 1623 First Folio in old-spelling. Search how many times a word ('blood') or phrase is used in Shakespeare's plays.

The Complete Works, MIT This site offers searchable editions of Shakespeare's plays and poetry.

Shakespearean Prompt-Books of the 17th Century, Bibliographical Society of the University of Virginia Provides studies of the stage texts used in various 17th-century performances of Shakespeare's plays. The collection provides an opportunity to examine Shakespearean performance traditions and innovations.

Furness Shakespeare Library Facsimiles, University of Pennsylvania Facsimiles of Shakespeare editions and promptbooks as well as a collection of texts from the time of Shakespeare or relevant to the study of Shakespeare.

Shakespeare Concordance, Electronic Literature Foundation (ELF) Trace the instances of a chosen word through a whole play or multiple plays.

Shakespeare Search Engine Search the plays for specific words or phrases.

Current Shakespeare Festivals

Current Shakespeare theatres/festivals provide an excellent resource on early modern plays and playwrights as well as the history of Shakespeare and his contemporaries' plays in performance.

Shakespeare's Globe, London, UK A wealth of information (including images, podcasts, blogs) on the history of the early modern Globe theatre, as well as the current reconstructed Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London and its productions.

The Rose, London, UK Information on the history of the Rose theatre (home to many of Shakespeare's and Marlowe's first productions) and on the current campaign to preserve the site.

American Shakespeare Centre, Stanton, VA Information about the reconstructed Blackfriars theatre, its current productions and educational programs. Check out the Centre's podcasts on current productions, plus interviews with actors and directors and lectures by early modern scholars.

Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Stratford, Canada Information on current productions by one of the most reputable repertory companies in North America.

Shakespeare Theatre Company, Washington D.C. Information on theatre's current productions, plus Digital Shakespeare, which includes podcasts and video clips by directors, actors, and scholars on current productions of Shakespeare and other early modern playwrights.

Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), London, UK A world renowned theatre company, its Exploring Shakespeare provides images, video clips and interviews with actors and directors of current productions.

Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Chicago, IL

Michigan Shakespeare Festival at Jackson Community College, MI Just one hour from Dearborn, check out this summer Shakespeare festival in our neighborhood.

Grand Valley Shakespeare Festival, Grand Rapids, MI

First Folio Theatre, Oakbrook, IL

Shakespeare's Plays in Production

Theatre Museum Canada, Toronto, Canada. Audio and video clips of actors, directors and writers discussing Shakespeare's plays (and other playwrights). Watch video clips on the Museum's YouTube channel. Listen to William Hutt on "Making Shakespeare Clear" or Martha Henry on "Parts for Women in Shakespeare."

Clare Floyd DeVries' set design for Dallas Shakespeare's 2006 production of Much Ado about Nothing.

Shakespeare Production Photographs 1870-1982, the Cleveland Press, Cleveland State University Library Photographs from Shakespeare's plays on stage, screen and television, plus opera and ballet adaptations.

Shakespeare on Screen

IMDB Catalogue of Shakespeare Films with information on actors and directors.

Watch early silent films and read about the history of Shakespeare on Screen at British Film Institute's Shakespeare on Screen.

Discover the history of Shakespeare in American Film at the Folger's Shakespeare in Hollywood.

Shakespeare on Film and Video. A fairly comprehensive list of Shakespeare adaptations on film compiled by an independent publisher.

Richard III: On Stage and Off, (Richard III Society) Information on various film versions of Shakespeare's Richard III, from Looking for Richard to more traditional adaptations, and an interview with Ian McKellen about playing Richard III.

Last Updated September 14, 2010

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