See what these users are saying about Shakespeare Pro:

“It’s really great!”
—Kenneth Branagh, actor and director

“‘The app’s the thing.’ Hamlet was almost right. Great to see Shakespeare Pro superplaying with Shakespeare’s plays.”
—David Crystal, linguist and author of Shakespeare's Words

“The Shakespeare Pro app is simply terrific and filled with loads of wonderful information!”
—Ken Ludwig, Tony and Olivier Award Winning Playwright

Shakespeare Pro® includes the complete works of Shakespeare (41 plays, 154 sonnets and 6 poems, including apocrypha) and search the concordance to find the exact word or phrase you’re looking for (with “relaxed” searching to find words close to your search term).

Shakespeare Pro is packed with these impressive features:

••• QUALITY TEXTS are a top priority and our team spent years compiling and editing the best references available. In the updated editions, the text is even more clear and each individual character is uniquely identified.

••• FIRST FOLIOS AND QUARTOS in original spelling show the works as they were originally published in Shakespeare’s time.

••• AN INTEGRATED GLOSSARY, based on the bestselling lexicon by David & Ben Crystal, Shakespeare’s Words™ is included. Simply tapping on a word will display its definition in context (not just a general definition).

••• ADD YOUR OWN NOTES AND SHARE THEM with your students, classmates, friends, and colleagues. Organize your notes into notebooks for use in the classroom, theatre, or just to remember key facts. Then share them via email or AirDrop.

••• POWER SEARCH THE WORKS by customizing multiple parameters like gender, work, language, line form, stage directions, soliloquies, and more.

••• CUSTOMIZE YOUR READING EXPERIENCE by choosing from a variety of color themes, change the font family and size, display long or short character names, jump around to different scenes, and view line numbers (*read the note below about line numbering).

••• BOOKMARK YOUR FAVORITE PARTS in addition to remembering the last page you viewed. Even copy/paste that great line.

••• DETAILED SCENE BREAKDOWNS give you an overview of the scenes within each play, their locations, and the characters present in each.

••• CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS help you better understand the actions and motivations of every character—all 1155 of them.

••• GET THE FACTS by reading up on Shakespeare’s life, view data and chronology about his works, and an overview of scansion terminology. Character Arc Visualizers show individual character arcs or allow for comparison of multiple characters.

••• SHAKE YOUR DEVICE for Shakespeare himself to display a random memorable quote or insult. Or get a new random quote every day.

••• BROWSE THE GALLERY of famous Shakespeare portraits.

••• TALES FROM SHAKESPEARE, a series of 20 short versions of Shakespeare’s plays aimed at a younger audience, are included for free.

••• THE SHAKESPEARE PASSPORT® is your virtual ticket to events and exhibitions all over the world. Just show the passport on your device for great benefits at participating venues. More information at

••• BARDFIND™ is the easiest way to find a Shakespeare theatre or venue anywhere in the world.

These are just a few highlights of the great things in Shakespeare Pro. If you’re a student, professor, actor, or just plain love the Bard, this must-have app ensures you have the complete works at your fingertips.

Like the new features? Having trouble and need support? Let us know at, at, on Twitter @playshakespeare, or Facebook Read our FAQs at

*NOTE: Line numbers are NOT the same between different editions of Shakespeare’s plays, though they are relatively close. All editions all have slightly different line numbering due to the way each editor approaches the texts. See the Help section of the app for additional information.

What's New

Version 5.1

In celebration of our 10-year anniversary on the Apple App Store, we've done a major overhaul of the most popular Shakespeare app! We hope you enjoy the new look and features.

This release contains the following new features and improvements:

• NEW! "Compare" bookmarks: Now bookmark two locations with a single bookmark when comparing modern and First Folio/Quarto editions
• NEW! Dramatis Personae lists are reordered to make it easier to find a specific character
• NEW! Search improvements: easier search by character, support for alternate spellings and accented characters
• NEW! New scroller to easily and quickly jump through scene breakdowns, dramatis personae, scenes, and entire plays
• NEW! Updated texts: The best open source Shakespeare texts available
• Faster loading First Folios and Quartos
• Multi-tasking for iPad is back and improved
• General interface improvements, including dark mode
• Miscellaneous bug fixes and performance improvements

Our previous MAJOR release contained:

• NEW! Added a new font size "HUGE" and made Folios/Quartos a little more readable
• NEW! Updated interface to take advantage of the improvements in iOS11
• NEW! Unified settings now only in one location and accessible anywhere
• NEW! Updated and combined Help & About sections
• We fixed a few bugs in the previous version and we hope you like the updates. More to come!

Shakespeare and Shakespeare Pro are the best apps to keep the bard at your fingertips. If you're enjoying the app, please leave us a rating and review. Thanks!

Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5

12 Ratings

12 Ratings

Updated version March 29, 2010

Donaldo Gormanski

Today's large update did nothing but cause the app. to crash at start-up. Hopefully a fix is coming, as I love this app.!

Better than carrying Complete Works textbook.


I initially bought this just to have 'The Complete Works' on me instead of having a huge book.

The app has a cool search feature too.
I was curious to know which scene a particular monologue was from, so I typed "banished" in the search engine. The results page came up containing every scene from every play in which "banished" appears. Scrolling down the results page I found the scene I wanted. And opening the scene, the word I searched for appeared in highlighted yellow. So finding a particular quote was very easy. Thought that was pretty cool.

Great with a few problems


I really like this app, however, when viewing the text horizontally, the dictionary has a bug that it is not displayed on screen. Also pixelation issues with some icons. If these are fixed I think this app will be perfect.


150.9 MB
Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
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