The Complete Works

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From the world famous Royal Shakespeare Company, the first authoritative, modernized, and corrected edition of Shakespeare’s first folio in three centuries.


The Editors

The Editors

Meet the Royal Shakespeare Company editors, Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen and the Bantam Shakespeare editors.


The Plays

Glossing the RSC Shakespeare

The RSC Shakespeare is unique amongst editions of the complete works in its comprehensive on-page gloss. In preparing the notes for the RSC edition, full advantage has been taken of new electronic databases containing thousands of sixteenth-century texts. This has enabled really thorough searching for the meanings of words and has allowed us to see how they functioned in a massive variety of contexts: in plays, poetry, popular ballads, legal records, medical books, advice manuals, letters, dictionaries and so on. Click here for the essay.

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The Merchant of Venice

The Merchant of Venice

As the citizens of Venice compete for advantageous marriages, wealth, and status, a moneylender is intent on deadly revenge. Mistrust and resentment thrive in Shakespeare’s dark comedy.

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Henry V

Henry V

With his family’s claim to the throne uncertain, Henry seeks to secure his position by turning the country’s attention abroad. But when his outnumbered army is trapped at Agincourt, disaster seems inevitable.

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