The Folger Luminary Shakespeare app is an interactive reading experience that enriches the Folger Shakespeare Editions with newly commissioned full audio performances of the plays produced by Folger Theatre, expert commentaries from the world's leading Shakespeare scholars and teachers, image galleries drawn from the Folger collections, video, and robust authoring and sharing tools.
Gold Standard Text
Uses the richly annotated Folger Shakespeare Editions texts and apparatus to make Shakespeare's works accessible to all readers.
Audio Performances by Professional Shakespearean Actors
Readers can listen to full-length audio performances, commissioned specially by the Folger Shakespeare Library and performed by leading Shakespearean actors with Folger Theatre, as the physical text scrolls alongside. Additional audio takes provide alternative performances of key passages.
Commentary on Key Passages
Short, lively, accessible commentaries on key moments in the play, written by the world's leading Shakespeare scholars and performers, enhance the reading experience and provide a deeper understanding of key passages.
User-Friendly Platform Geared Toward Sharing Thoughts and Asking Questions
Users can take notes and ask questions, and share them immediately, to fuel discussion. Users can also selecte and annotate key passages and publish their own private commentaries within the app.
imagery, Videos, and Multimedia
The app includes richly annotated image galleries, videos, and multimedia learning tools that enhance the reading experience.
Build Your Own Anthology
Easily download additional plays to build your own custom anthology.