William Shakespeare (26 April 1564 (baptised) – 23 April 1616) was an English poet, playwright and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world’s pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England’s national poet and the “Bard of Avon”. His extant works, including some collaborations, consist of about 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and a few other verses, the authorship of some of which is uncertain. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.
Absolute Shakespeare Excellent resource with the text to all the Bard’s plays and sonnets, biography, comprehensive study guides to many of the plays, a list of Shakespeare film adaptations, timeline etc.
Encyclopaedia Britannica Outstanding resource ‘Shakespeare’s Globe: Then And Now’, that examines in detail Shakespeare, the Globe, his plays and the Elizabethan context. Includes photographs, charts, maps and biographies of the many people who came into contact with the Bard.
Emory University Shakespeare Illustrated website that explores 19th Century paintings, criticism and productions of Shakespeare’s plays and their influences on one another.
Emory University Shakespeare And The Players is a survey through postcards of the many now unfamiliar English and American actors who played Shakespeare’s characters for late Victorian and Edwardian audiences.
Memorize Shakespeare Website with useful resources for actors on how to memorise Shakespeare’s lines effectively. Includes detailed articles offering advice, reviews of recommended products and CDs for purchase in neutral American accent.
Merriam Webster A chronology of Shakespeare’s plays.
Michael Best Great website for students with easy to understand information about all aspects of Shakespeare, his life and times.
Michael Cummings ShakeSphere website with criticism, play summaries etc.
Monologue Archive A worthwhile selection of Shakespeare monologues.
Mr. William Shakespeare and the Internet website is essentially a categorised directory of links to Shakespeare material on the web – the Bard’s works, life and times, sources etc.
Mr William Shakespeare and the Internet Charles and Mary Lamb Tales from Shakespeare canvases 21 of his plays in easy-to-understand story book abridged fashion.
Random Facts 51 random facts about William Shakespeare.
Shakespeare Oxford Society Organisation interested in the Shakespeare authorship debate.
Shakespearean Insults Fun webpage outlining many genuine insults from the text of Shakespeare’s plays, all ready to use on your friends and colleagues!
Theatre History.com A useful selection of Shakespeare monologues.
University of Virginia Shakespearean prompt books of the 17th Century.