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.


Shakespeare Games

Shakespeare Games

Now you can try your hand at four interactive and fun Shakespeare games created specially to help you apply your knowledge of the Bard and his plays.

Shakespeare’s Plays

Shakespeare’s Plays

Ideal for students, theater professionals, and general readers, these modern and accessible editions set a new standard in Shakespearean literature for the twenty-first century.

The Editors

The Editors

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


The Plays

100+ of the Best Books on Shakespeare

 Jonathan BateA comprehensive list of the best sources for further reading about the Bard and his plays from Royal Shakespeare Company editor Jonathan Bate.

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View a Shakespearean Theater

ShakespeareanTheaterSince there is no authentic image of the interior of a Shakespearean theater, we reproduced a hypothetical one, based on various kinds of evidence and designed for this edition by Charcoalblue.

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RSC Stage Histories

RSC STAGINGS

The Royal Shakespeare Company has staged all of Shakespeare’s plays. The following comprehensive listing runs from the foundation of the company in 1960 to the conclusion of the Complete Works Festival in 2007. For each play, there is also a link the RSC online archive of production photographs and related resources.

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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 Case for the Folio

The Case for the Folio offers a more detailed account of the editorial problem in Shakespeare than that provided on pp. l-lvii/50-57 of the general introduction to THE RSC SHAKESPEARE: COMPLETE WORKS. 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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About the RSC

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A major, new series of individual paperback plays from the internationally renowned Royal Shakespeare Company, edited by acclaimed Shakespearean scholars Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen.