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Shakespeare's Works

George Cruikshank. The First Appearance of William Shakespeare on the Stage ... Watercolor, 19th century

To see, to read, or to perform? There’s no single best way to experience the works of William Shakespeare. Attending a good performance may bring you closest to the plays as Shakespeare intended them. Reading the plays or poems, however, gives you the chance to revisit key passages, and to find new meanings and new questions each time. And—if you have the opportunity—there’s nothing like getting on stage and performing in one of Shakespeare’s plays yourself.


However you’ve chosen to encounter Shakespeare’s works, these resources can help you learn more about the plays and poems, how they came to be preserved in print (many plays of the time were not), and how to understand and appreciate Shakespeare’s language.


To learn more, click on the links at left.

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What's On: Folger Theatre

From the Collection

The First Folio on Display

1623 First Folio: Digital Facsimile

Just for Kids

Shakespeare for Kids


Shakespeare Quarterly Gail Kern Paster, Editor

Shakespeare Quartos Archive

Teacher Resources

Lesson Plans and More

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