Some Good Shakespeare Websites

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There are, as you can imagine, about 1,000,000,000 websites dedicated to Shakespeare on the web. A few of them are really good, the rest of them, though they may be less then good, nonetheless testify to the enormous (indeed eternal) popularity of the plays and the playwright. Here are some of the better ones we've found: 

Shakespeare in Quarto - a website maintained by the British Library. It contains good background material and digital copies of the original (quarto) 17th-century texts. 

The Complete Works  - a fantastic resource if you're looking for a particular reference from one of the plays as the website contains its own search engine. 

Shakespeare's Globe —some good background on the reconstruction of Shakespeare's Globe on the Bankside in London. A fantastic fieldtrip for anyone heading across the pond. 

The Folger Shakespeare Library - the Folger is located on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Another great fieldtrip if you're heading south. 

Shenandoah Shakespeare Express - more information about the talented young company who will perform Measure for Measure for us on Tuesday, November 9th

The Shakespeare Mystery - not something we talk about in class, but an abiding (some would say chronic) issue for Shakespeare hobbyists: did Shakespeare write the plays, or was it the Earl of Oxford. This is the website that accompanied a PBS Frontline series on the question of Shakespearean authorship. 

The Internet Resources

General Shakespeare stuff 

Globe Theatre 

Theater History Sites 


Those with stars are especially complete.


Site prepared by high school students: many topics on Elizabethan England.



Life in Elizabethan England



Shakespeare's Life and Times: Terrific site covering many topics. Look especially at the listings under Society, History, and Literature, Art & Music.



Tudor England

Elizabethan Life

Life in Tudor England

Time Travelers Guide to Tudor England

School in Shakespeare's Time: click on Educating Shakespeare

The Life of a Child in Elizabethan Times

Tyburn Tree: a site about the famous site for hangings outside London

The Life and Times of Queen Elizabeth I: info on pass-times, the Spanish Armada, fashions, etc.

The Elizabethan Costuming Page: the Overview is espevially good

The Painted Face: Cosmetics in Elizabethan Times

The Fashions of Elizabethan England

Traveling Musicians in the Renaissance

Food of the Renaissance (includes recipes)

This is really a site advertising an Elizabethean feast, but it includes a menu, and a description of the entertainment.

An Elizabethan Wedding: description

ARMA: info on sword-fighting in the Renaissance

The Golden Hind: Sir Francis Drake’s voyage around the world

A Shakespeare Timeline with much info on his life.

Rivendell's Shakespeare Page, including Shakespearean Insults

Shakespeare's Stratford-upon-Avon

The Seven Ages of Shakespeare's Life

Shakespeare landmarks

Globe Theater Virtual Tour

Links to many pages about Shakespeare's life

Info and links on the Globe Theater

Language of Shakespeare




The following are some metapages, Shakespeare libraries,and organizations on the web: 

The Shakespeare & The Internet page is the best Shakespeare resource on the internet. It is maintained by Terry Gray at Palomar College. This site is really worth a visit.

Professor Daniel Fishclin at the University of Guelph has created the Canadian Adaptations of Shakespeare Project, which includes an online anthology, a searchable database, spotlights on different aspects of Shakespeare adaptation in Canada, and much more.

The Folger Shakespeare Library is a relatively recent addition to the Web.

The Shakespeare Institute at the University of Birmingham has a page describing the centre.

The Shakespeare Homepage at MIT has the complete works.

Shakespeare Illustrated makes a number of 19th-century paintings of Shakespearean scenes available over the internet.

Shakespeare Magazine is an online supplement to their print version, apparently.

The authorship question is milked for all it's worth at the Shakespeare Oxford Society Homepage. For the straight dope, see the Shakespeare Authorship Page, by David Kathman and Terry Ross.

If you'd like some more information on the authorship controversy, the PBS series Frontline rebroadcast their documentary The Shakespeare Mystery on Shakespeare's birthday (April 23) in 1996. The accompanying site includes some full-text articles on the subject by noted academics.


I'm always looking for new links in order to ease the search for information about the Bard. If you come across any useful links that you think should be part of this site, feel free to  e-mail the SRC webmaster. Note: sometimes these sites just go away for no apparent reason. Welcome to the World Wide Web and have a nice day. 

The web's largest and fastest growing place for Shakespeare on the Internet 

B J Harris Figurines 

Limited edition pewter figurines depicting characters from the plays of William Shakespeare 

Double Dutch Discords 

Elmy & Boorman are a song-writing team, whose latest project is Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, a tragic love story of star-crossed lovers set to contemporary music 

Elizabethan England and Elizabethan Food 

Our range of Elizabethan England foods are made to 400-year-old Elizabethan food recipes 

English Literature Study Guides 

English Literature study guides to help students prepare for examinations 

The Folger Shakespeare Library 

The major research library for Shakespeare scholarship 

The Furness Shakespeare Library 

From the University of Pennsylvania—Center for Electronic Text and Image 

Gene Tyburn's Operas in English Collection 

New operatic versions of Shakespeare classics: Antony and Cleopatra, Macbeth, Iago, Hamlet 

John Webb's Stratford Page 

A Web page with many original photos taken in Stratford-Upon-Avon 

Keith Scales: OFF THE PAGE 

Literature and history presented by speaker and storyteller Keith Scales 

Louis London Walks 

These self-guided London walks help you explore the historical, cultural and hidden sights of London. They include an historical walk through William Shakespeare's London. 

Malaspina Great Books—Shakespeare Resources 

Find books on the Bard, read essays and lectures 

Mr. William Shakespeare—Live on Stage! 

A website that puts Mr. William Shakespeare centre-stage, performing the great roles from his plays 

No Sweat Shakespeare 

No Sweat Shakespeare is the home of Modern English Shakespeare translations and resources, conceived as teaching resources to make Shakespeare accessible to students 

One Page Book Company 

Publishing complete Shakespeare plays, each beautifully laid out on a single page to make collectible works of art for framing and display 

Paper Landmarks—Globe Theater 

Paper Landmarks designs and produces paper replicas of well-known architectural landmarks, such as the Globe Theater 

Pascal Mollière Photography 

London theatre and performing arts photographer, Pascal Molliere, specialises in stage and theatre stills, studio and location photography 

The Reduced Shakespeare Company 

One of the world's best-known and best-loved touring comedy troupes 

The Shakespeare Art Museum 

Featuring the writings and visual works on Shakespearean themes of Hannah Tompkins 

Shakespeare Behind Bars 

This Sundance film selection follows maximum-secutiry inmates delving deeply into the Shakespearean characters they portray, confronting their personal demons 

Shakespeare HQ 

A categorized resource directory for everything about Shakespeare 

Shakespeare Goes to the Dogs 

These cartoon versions of Shakespearean plays featuring Dachsunds are a real howl (sorry, I couldn't help myself) 

Shakespeare Motillisms 

Unique prints of Shakespearean plays formed from the text of the works 

Shakespeare on the Internet: Sites of Interest (Michael Best) 

This list of links is huge 

Shakespeare Sonnet Shake-Up 

Mix and match the lines of Shakespeare's sonnets to create your own original poem 

Shakespeare's Country 

Shakespeare's Stratford on the Web 

Shakespeare's Den 

Shop at Shakespeare's Den for the largest collection of theatre and Shakespeare merchandise on the Internet 

Shakespearean Guide To Managerial Horticulture 

In which plants and actors differ only in name 

If you ever need a bust of Shakespeare that you can order online, here's the place 

The Sixty-Minute Shakespeare 

Condensed versions of Shakespearean scripts for students and educators 

Surfing with the Bard (Amy Ulen) 

Your Shakespeare classroom on the Internet Shakespeare Index 

An index of articles related to the dramatist William Shakespeare 

William Shakespeare (The Complete Works) 

Visit this site dedicated to the playwright William Shakespeare and his famous works 






The amazing web site of Shakespeare's sonnets

All the sonnets are provided here, with descriptive commentary attached to each one, giving explanations of difficult and unfamiliar words and phrases, and with a full analysis of any special problems of interpretation which arise. Follow the instructions below to find your way around. Sonnets by other Elizabethan poets are also included, Spenser, Sidney, Drayton and a few other minor authors. The poems of Sir Thomas Wyatt are also given, with both old and modern spelling versions, and with brief notes provided. Check the list below for full details of what is available.


Welcome to the latest edition of Mr. William Shakespeare and the Internet.  Newcomers should read the Introduction for an explanation of the way things are arranged.  IThe What's News page describes new links, ideas and features, along with current events and other Shakespearean news.

This site attempts two things:  

   To be an annotated guide to the scholarly Shakespeare resources available on the Internet. Admittedly, some of the resources are not so scholarly, but that's as may be.  Usefulness to students (in the broadest sense) is most often the guiding principle. The truly un-scholarly sites are linked on the "Other" Sites page.  With respect to current performances, a very popular  feature is a listing of Shakespeare Festivals.

   To present unique Shakespeare material unavailable elsewhere on the Internet, such as



A Shakespeare Timeline, which gives the key events of Shakespeare's life and work along with related documentary evidence.   There are several supporting pages to the timeline: 


Primary documents related to the life of Shakespeare.



The latest feature... 

  • 1598 - First Title Page  

The first appearance of Shakespeare's name on the title page of a printed play was the quarto publication of Love's Labour's Lost. The first quarto, and only authoritative text, of Love's Labour's Lost appeared in 1598 with the following title page...The W. W. is thought to be William White (d. 1615). Cuthbert Burby (d. 1607) owned the copyright to this play and to Romeo and Juliet, transferred on his death to Nicholas Ling. 

Q1 served as the text for the Folio printing, but it has been revised inconsistently, giving rise to a theory of a lost Q0, but there is no other evidence for a lost quarto (except for the "Newly corrected and augmented" tag printer on the Title page of Q1.   More...



Reviews of web sites, books, DVDs and other materials.  Click here for the latest review and the archives.



The latest review... 

Soul of the Age.  Jonathan Bate is one of the great Shakespeare scholar/editors of the late 20th-early 21st century.  He belongs in the company of such early 20th century greats as E. K. Chambers, J. D. Wilson and Alfred Harbage; capable of speculation, but with an unerring centrifugal instinct to fact and truth.  Bate's The Genius of Shakespeare is a groundbreaking summation of the perception of Shakespeare's works, his Arden Third Series edition of Titus Andronicus is the best I know, and his (and Rasmussen's) masterful RSC Complete Works is, well, masterful.  With a buildup like that, it would be hard to say his latest, Soul of the Age, is anything but a very good book, and indeed it is.  That is not to say great.  Great books on Shakespeare are extremely rare, but very good from this scholar is nearly as good as it gets.  The only caution I would suggest is that it is not a beginner's book.  Considerable familiarity with the works of the period and the various controversies over Shakespearean biographical details would be helpful to the reader.  Following the close arguments in several of the set pieces throughout the book would be quite challenging without at least a basic understanding of 16th and 17th century British history and literature.     More...



The Editors of Shakespeare—a work in progress...



The latest editor added to the series... 

Warburton Complete.  William Warburton (1698 - 1779) was born the son of a Newark attorney. In 1723 he took orders in the Church of England. He was awarded the M. A. degree by Cambridge in 1728, and was subsequently curate, vicar, King's Chaplain, Lincoln's Inn Preacher, Prebendary, Dean and Bishop of Gloucester. He had an intense interest in both theology and Shakespeare.   More...



Significant introductions and prefaces to the various historical editions of the Works of Shakespeare: 


Shakespeare's Contemporaries.  A brief biography and essential link to many of the important theatrical, political, and intellectual figures of the Renaissance.



The latest figure... 

John Speed was born at Farndon, Cheshire, the son of John Speed who was admitted to the freedom of the Merchant Taylors' Company on 5 April 1566, and Elizabeth Cheynye of Newgate. In 1580 he also was admitted to the freedom of the Merchant Taylors 'Company and followed his father by earning his living as a tailor. In the same year he married and seems to have settled in Moorfields where he leased a property from the Merchant Taylors' Company for 20s per year. The boon of his life came when he gained the favorable notice of Fulke-Greville, Lord Brooke  More... 




Charles and Mary Lamb's Tales From Shakespeare.


Operas and Ballets:

(Long list divided into categories.) 

Romeo and Juliet: 


Shakespeare and Dance 

(Midi File) 




(the opera)

(Midi File) 

From Merry Wives of Windsor: 

Renaissance Style 

Medieval, Renaissance,
and Traditional




"Greensleeves - used in Shakespeare's
Merry Wives of Windsor" 


The Fairy Queen: 


(Classical Midi Selections) 

(Midi File) 

"Wedding March" from A Midsummer Night's Dream
(Felix Mendelssohn) 


The Tempest: 


"Honour, Riches, Marriage Blessing" From Shakespeare's 'The Tempest' Act IV Scene 1 (A.F.C.Redman) 




(The Opera) 

Midi File: Othello (sometimes spelled "Otello") 


General Miedieval/Renaissance:

in Medieval History and the Renaissance 

The Elizabethan Glossary 

(Includes English History Links.) 


Midi Music:



Theater on a Shoestring Graphics:






Footprints in the Sands of Time 

Shakespeare through Music
Medieval - Renaissance

Shakespeare and Music 




Footprints in the...
Shakespeare and Music
Main Index 


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Shakespeare Music: 

Shakespeare Gifts:  I like Girls- but I would SO do Shakespeare!

Shakespeare Blogs:

Especially Active:

Lee's Shakespeare Blog

By Lee Jamieson, Guide to Shakespeare Quips quibbles, queries and quarks from a quirky bardolater- a blog with blogitude!




Shakespeare Geek 

There are more Shakespeare references in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in your philosophy. Welcome to the oldest Shakespeare blog on the net.

Some Great Shakespeare Festivals:


Shakespeare and Company

Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Hudson Valley Shakespeare 

New York City’s Public Theatre famed Shakespeare in Central Park (Delacourt)

San Diego:  

Theatricum Botanicum

A two-fer: Washington DC Shakespeare Theatre Company and Folger Shakespeare Library

Lake Tahoe Shakespeare


Strattford Canada

Strattford, England





Kansas City

Big River


Spring Green

Our Friends in Renn:

Shakespeare Road Trip, Part 2 from Mr. Shakespeare’s Blog

I don't know about you, but to me its hard to imagine a more beautiful locale for a Shakespeare play than outdoors at Lake Tahoe, or Incline Village, to be exact.  And now the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival is making headlines by capturing a well known artistic directors from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.  Here's the scoop from their press release: 

Henry Woronicz is no stranger to the stage with more than 32 years spent directing, producing and acting with some of the country’s leading Shakespeare companies including four years as Artistic Director at the world-renowned Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Ore., one of the largest Shakespearean Festivals in North America. As Executive Producer of the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival’s 2009 summer season, July 11 through Aug. 23, Woronicz brings to life Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure, a provocative play of political intrigue and moral responsibility and perennial favorite Much Ado About Nothing, a sparkling romantic comedy of wit and banter, fools and tricksters.

“I love Shakespeare,” says Woronicz. “No playwright gives me more joy, a greater theatricality or a deeper sense of the wonder of the human story than old Will. I have spent the better part of my professional career as an actor and director of Shakespeare and am delighted to bring that knowledge to the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival. Throughout my career, Shakespeare has been my joyous companion, constant teacher and ever more demanding colleague and I look forward to sharing his artistry with the audiences at Lake Tahoe this summer.”

From the Boston Shakespeare Company to the Utah Shakespearean Festival, Woronicz worked diligently to improve and enhance the acting companies he was involved with, including expanding the diversity of productions and teams and increasing community involvement. Responsible for the annual selection of 11 plays produced on the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s three stages, Woronicz also handled the hiring and staffing of the acting company of 70 and casting for the more than 780 performances on three stages over a 10-month season.

According to Executive Director Catherine Atack, “We are ecstatic to welcome Henry to our theatre family. He has incredible enthusiasm and brings solid theatrical leadership to our incredible outdoor lakeside stage. The passion that he conveys will enhance our performances and capture the true nature of Shakespearean theatre presenting our audiences with a Festival experience that will truly be unlike any we have had before.”

The Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival provides audiences a unique combination of a majestic outdoor location along the shore of Lake Tahoe, gourmet food and drink services by Shakespeare’s Kitchen and performances seven nights a week with the premiere of a world music concert series featuring rotating artists every Monday night.

Tickets are now available online at or by calling 800-74-SHOWS (800-747-4697) and start at $22 for open seating tiers and range in options up to the premier reserved seating section at $72. Information about the 2009 season, membership, volunteer opportunities and sponsorships are also available online.  

The Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established for the cultural benefit and enjoyment of all residents and visitors to Lake Tahoe and Reno. Annually drawing more than 30,000 attendees from across the country to the specially built Warren Edward Trepp Stage along the north shore of Lake Tahoe, the Festival is an advocate for producing the finest cultural events in the region. The Festival’s community outreach includes an annual educational program, InterACT, designed to educate future generations on the importance of the arts, theater and music and the D.G. Menchetti Young Shakespeare Program, a free series of performances produced specifically for the younger audience presented free of charge during the summer throughout Lake Tahoe and Northern Nevada.

This one is going to be on my summer itinerary.  I love Much Ado, the most adaptable of all Shakespeare comedies, you will notice.  I've never seen a bad performance.  I can't say the same for M4M, but I have seen some very good ones.  It's just not quite so winning as it's light hearted bill mate.  In any event, they both figure to be intriguing productions, and you can't beat the locale.


The Shakespeare Road Trip, Part 1 

It's time to start planning that summer Shakespeare road trip.  If you have never made the pilgrimage to beautiful Ashland, Oregon to the great Oregon Shakespeare Festival, perhaps this summer's offerings will tempt you. 

Speaking strictly Shakespeare, playing in rep this summer will be Macbeth (which has already started its run! 2/13 - 11/1):

"Black magic. Murder. Ghosts. Madness. Death. Shakespeare's brooding tragedy digs into the dark territory of a man's shocking choices..."

in the Angus Bowmer Theatre;

All's Well That Ends Well (6/30 - 11/1):

"The path to bliss is uncertain when you try to make somebody love you. Helena wants Bertram, but Bertram isn't interested in her. Can Helena's determination and clever trickery lead to a happily-ever-after?.."

in the New Theatre;

Henry VIII (6/2 - 10/9):

"The queen has not produced an heir, and the Tudor line is in jeopardy. Obsessed, Henry sets his eye on the fetching young Anne Bullen (Boleyn). Urged on by the Machiavellian Cardinal Wolsey, the king reshapes the world to suit his needs: divorcing the queen, eliminating rivals, flouting papal law, and forever changing the face of religion in England—and beyond..."

and, Much Ado About Nothing (6/4 - 10/11):

"When WWII Italian resistance soldiers stop to rest at Leonato's villa, there's courtship of all kinds. While Beatrice and Benedick hide their infatuation beneath witty barbs, Hero and Claudio race to the altar. Enter the malcontent Don John, bent on ruining the wedding. He nearly succeeds, but not before Beatrice and Benedick finally tell each other how they really feel..."

both on the outdoor Elizabethan Stage.  

In a Jacobean-related world premiere, Equivocation (4/15 - 10/31):

"What if the government commissioned you to write the definitive history (make that a self-serving lie) of a national crisis? What story would you tell? Welcome to London, 1605, and the world of King James, the Gunpowder Plot, and the Tower dungeons, as William Shakespeare and his theatre company struggle to create a play to please the king and not lose their hearts, souls, or heads in the process..."

will also be at the Bowmer.  And there's more, lot's more.  OSF productions are always outstanding, and the venue is delightful.  I'll see you there.