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Othello: The Folger Luminary Shakespeare reinvents tradition for the mobile age. Based on the Folger Shakespeare Library Edition of Othello, this app makes Shakespeare’s great tragedy accessible to all readers.

• Enjoy a full-length audio performance of Othello from the Folger Theatre. The play text scrolls as you listen. Additional takes provide alternative performances of key passages.

• Learn from the world’s leading Shakespeare experts in convenient, accessible commentaries on the play.

• Explore meticulously accurate texts, with scene-by-scene action summaries, and full explanatory notes from the Folger Editions, the choice of teachers and students for decades.

• Discover fascinating historical images from the Folger Shakespeare Library’s collections

• Build a private network and share your notes, assignments, and commentaries with your friends, students, or peers—right within the app.

• Create your own collection of key passages, annotate them, and share with friends, colleagues, and readers worldwide.

• Customize your experience. The Folger Luminary Shakespeare: Othello is quiet when you need it, social when you want it.

Discover Shakespeare as never before with Folger Luminary Shakespeare. Tradition reinvented for the mobile age.

What’s New

Version 1.3.2

We've updated the app to better support iOS 8 and to address user reported issues. We hope you enjoy the added stability and robustness; please email us if you experience any issues.

Ratings and Reviews

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The only way to read Shakespeare

This new app is the only way to read a Shakespeare play in the 21st century. Access audio readings and commentary directly related to the scene or lines you are reading -- without leaving your place in the text. Select passages or lines to use for your own needs -- whether putting on a play or writing a paper -- even select sections of the play and add cue lines. The app is beautiful in design -- the text and its annotations accurate and accompanied by dramatic audio. I can't wait until the entire body of the Bard's work is available in this form!

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This is a fantastic use of the play and audio

I like the way this is not just Shakespeare on a tablet. It has many additional elements that enhance your reading of the play. The full cast recording of the play that goes line by line is excellent. Having all the expert commentary helps you understand parts of the play in new ways and the full color photography of pieces from the Folger library and the notes on the language made the plays come alive.


Luminary Digital Media LLC
640.7 MB

Requires iOS 7.1 or later. Compatible with iPad.



Age Rating
Rated 12+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Horror/Fear Themes
Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
Infrequent/Mild Realistic Violence
Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity
© 2013 Luminary Digital Media LLC and Simon & Schuster, Inc.


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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