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

• Enjoy a full-length audio performance of Hamlet 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: Hamlet is quiet when you need it, social when you want it.

Discover Shakespeare as never before with the 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

flem0742 ,

It used to be better before ios8

The Folger Library Luminary Apps used to be great. They provide an annotated text, audio, commentary. They are a great way to learn Shakespeare.

Unfortunately, with the upgrade to ios8, the functionality of the App has suffered. It used to be possible to use the search function to find a passage. That is no longer possible with ios8.
In addition, with the present version (ios8.1.4), the audio always starts at the beginning - even if one is reading a scene from later in the play than Act1/Scene1. I hope the functionality will be restored. A software/App update is required to be compatible with the new iOS operating system (ios8).

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This is a great app!! It really helps to read along with the glossary and the voice overs are done by great actors! Love having it read to me!


Luminary Digital Media LLC
640 MB
Requires iOS 7.1 or later. Compatible with iPad.
Age Rating
Rated 12+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
Infrequent/Mild Realistic Violence
Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity
Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor
© 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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