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Shakespeare In Bits

By Mindconnex Learning Ltd.

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This is the new universal version of Shakespeare In Bits, featuring in-app purchase of all of our plays and universal iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch support.

Important note: Standalone iPad versions of all of our plays are still available on the app store, to allow educational institutions to avail of the Volume Purchase Program discount. All other users will find many benefits to using this universal edition from now on.


This resource is provided for personal use only. It must not be used for whole-class instruction via whiteboard or projector, unless every student in the class also has their own digital copy.


A new, exciting, multimedia approach to learning and teaching Shakespeare’s plays - Shakespeare In Bits brings The Bard’s most popular plays to life through magnificently animated re-enactment, full audio and unabridged text in one comprehensive package.

Handy in-line translations for antiquated phrases and words are literally only a touch away, along with full study notes for every section, analyses, plot summaries, cast biographies and relationships - everything that you need to make understanding and appreciating Shakespeare attainable.

The Bard hasn’t been this easy to enjoy in over 400 years!


Shakespeare In Bits: Romeo & Juliet
Shakespeare In Bits: Macbeth
Shakespeare In Bits: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Shakespeare In Bits: Hamlet
Shakespeare In Bits: Julius Caesar


-Completely Unabridged Play Text
Understand and appreciate the linguistic richness of Shakespeare’s plays with the original play text, broken into easily digested ‘bits’. In-line translation helps you to understand difficult words and phrases within the context of the original play text.

-Hear it, See it
Each title includes hours of high-resolution animation with professional audio soundtrack, helping you to decode and comprehend Shakespeare's fertile prose quickly and efficiently. The text, presented side-by-side with animated action, is easy to follow with portions of text being highlighted as they are spoken in the play. The integrated combination of text, audio and graphics is designed to facilitate learners of varying abilities and learning styles.

-Character Building
Biographies for each cast character can be accessed from the main play or through a dedicated cast feature. An illustrated character relationship map demonstrates key characters and their inter-relationships in the play.

-Ace that Exam
Each Shakespeare In Bits title provides a wide selection of integrated analyses and study notes for each scene to help you understand plot summaries, key themes, language, imagery and quotes from the play. An easy-to-navigate visual scene selection menu is also provided to help you to quickly get familiar with the play’s sequence of events or to jump to your scene of choice.


-Single purchase – multiple devices: each play purchased can be downloaded and re-downloaded on any of your iOS devices.

-A side-by-side main play view that presents the animations and the text at the same time (iPad) or swap between the text and animation with ease (iPhone)

-Fully unabridged animations and text

-A text highlight feature, that highlights the current line of text being spoken in the animation

-The ability to take your own notes (iPad only)

-Simple navigation through all of the features in the play.

What's New in Version 2.1.0

-From July 1st 2013 onwards, you must be running this updated version of in order to be able to make in-app purchases of plays. Your existing downloaded purchases will continue to work without updating.

-Updated iPhone 5 display support.

-In App Purchase hosting moved to Apple servers.

-Minimum iOS requirement is now 6.0.


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Customer Reviews


Well done and worth the price, although I would prefer 10 to 15. Nice voice acting, nice analysis in the text, nice interface. Hopefully more is to come as before I felt shakespeare was inaccessible. Plays were meant to be seen and heard rather than only read, this app allows you to get a lot more from the plays.

Complaints: They haven't done ANY new plays in years. They market to schools. The overuse of alliteration in every single scene description is blatant, childish and tedious. The Macbeth audio is terrible. You can't delete the sample plays, even after you've purchased them.

Come on guys , give this app a little love, ya'll should be ashamed for your neglect of something potentially so good.

Charged again after restoring Hamlet

I had the same problem downloading / restoring as others have had. I went through the steps recommended by Mindconnex on their web site, the last of which is to download directly from the App Store. They said you wouldn't be charged again, but I was. It did download this time but I paid for it twice.


I really like the app. On my iPod touch 5th gen. the sound is fine, audio every time, but on my mom's iPad there is no sound? She wants to use this in her class but doesn't want to pay if she can't get the voices.

Shakespeare In Bits
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • Free
  • Category: Education
  • Updated:
  • Version: 2.1.0
  • Size: 32.7 MB
  • Language: English
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Rated 9+ for the following:
  • Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
  • Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor
  • Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
  • Infrequent/Mild Horror/Fear Themes

Compatibility: Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

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Top In-App Purchases

  1. Romeo & Juliet$14.99
  2. Macbeth$14.99
  3. Julius Caesar$14.99
  4. Hamlet$14.99
  5. A Midsummer Night's Dream$14.99