William Shakespeare has entertained readers and theatre patrons for centuries. The Guide to Shakespeare from Encyclopædia Britannica examines the Bard’s legacy from Elizabethan England to the present day, uncovering why few authors can match Shakespeare for broad appeal and sheer endurance.


The Man

Learn about both the private life and the career of the man behind the poetry and the drama.

The Plays

Gain a better understanding of the compelling works and brilliant characters that are known across the world.

The Shakespearean World

A chronology puts key events of the times into context with the works of Shakespeare, including exploration of the new world and the lives of other influential people such as Galileo and Rembrandt.


Watch classic video clips of Shakespeare’s most famous works including Hamlet and Macbeth and listen to audio clips performed by some of the finest Shakespearean actors such as John Gielgud and John Barrymore. Audio clips also include accompanying music by the Orchestra of the Paris Opera and the New Philharmonia Orchestra.

Learning Activities

Immerse yourself in the world of Shakespeare. Writing activities and role-playing bring Shakespeare to life.