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 friends and colleagues. Organize your notes into notebooks for use in the classroom, theatre, or just to remember key facts. Share them via email or AirDrop.

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

••• CUSTOMIZE YOUR READING EXPERIENCE by choosing from a variety of color combinations, 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.

••• 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 5.0.1

In celebration of our 10-year anniversary on the Apple App Store, we have done a major overhaul of the most popular Shakespeare app.

• NEW! Updated interface to take advantage of the improvements in iOS11
• NEW! Unified search feature: search anywhere, anytime on one screen
• NEW! Unified Glossary: search it in the Search section
• NEW! Unified settings now only in one location and accessible anywhere
• NEW! New search parameters: Folios, characters, gender, current scene, and more
• NEW! More study materials (we also moved the Portrait Gallery and Tales from Shakespeare to this section)
• NEW! Graphs show play breakdowns for lines and more statistics
• NEW! Last page is automatically bookmarked for you
• NEW! Updated and combined Help & About sections
• NEW! New notebooks with commentary
•We fixed a few bugs in the previous version and we hope you like the updates. More to come!

Shakespeare Pro is still the best app to keep the bard at your fingertips.

Ratings and Reviews

5 out of 5

10 Ratings

10 Ratings



An amazing resource. Immediate and comprehensive access to the entire canon. Statistical data, study support, a magnificent glossary, and entertaining daily quotations.

THE definitive Shakespeare app in the store!


If you are after one app in the whole store with anything to do with Shakespeare, THIS is the app! Forget the rest, this app has everything an Shakespeare enthusiast needs or even the casual reader - this is his entire complete works! Even if you are brand new to one of the worlds most famous authors, this has an integrated glossary specialised towards Shakespeare's language…AND put words in context WITH places, acts and scenes where it's used! Readdle have really thought about this. I've had to email their support and it's been prompt and fantastic so plus 1 for them.

For education and enjoyment, this app has is covered. Sometimes i load the quotes section up on the train for some inspiration from this brilliant mind. The 'More' tab has a whole load of different gems like facts, biggest roles, chronology, lengths, etc...

One more thing? It looks gorgeous on the iPad AND you don't have to pay for it as it's universal! Well worth it, thumbs up from me :)

Bad source = Bad resource


A disappointment of an app with a scattershot approach to the Complete Works. In trying to be all things to all people, Shakespeare Pro fails everyone.

Biggest problem: As the source text comes from the public domain, the countless typos & omissions render SPro all but useless. How can you search on even the most famous quotes if they're missing words or spelled incorrectly?!

Example - Last line of Sonnet 113, the most important word is missing: "My most true mind thus maketh mine EYE untrue."

At £5.99 I'd expect the devs to partner with the publishers of a definitive WORKABLE version, Oxford for scholars or professionals (I'm an actor) or Penguin classics for students, general readers, etc.

It's a shame really because in other respects (layout, interface, etc.) Shakespeare Pro hits the right notes.

Let the **publishers** handle the "Folio vs. Quarto" debate. Devs PLEASE focus instead on a strong search function, interactivity and additional features: • Plot, setting & character descriptions • Shakespeare's Globe Theatre • History and World Events in the Bard's lifetime • Famous Performances, etc. etc.

I'll be happy to re-review with significant updates and improvement. Until then, especially at £5.99, Shakespeare Pro = epic miss.


166.8 MB
Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
English, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish, Ukrainian
Age Rating
Rated 4+
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