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Shakespeare™ is a free app with the complete works of Shakespeare (41 plays, 154 sonnets and 6 poems, including doubtful works) and a searchable concordance to find the exact word or phrase you’re looking for (with “relaxed” searching to find words close to your search term).

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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

Even though it’s free, Shakespeare for the iPad/iPhone/iPod is packed with these impressive features:

• CUSTOMIZE YOUR READING EXPERIENCE by choosing from a variety of color combinations, change the font family and size, and jump around to different scenes.

• QUALITY TEXTS are a top priority and our team spent over two years compiling and editing the best references available.

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

• 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.

If you’re looking for line numbers, the integrated Shakespeare’s Words glossary, a gallery of Shakespeare portraits, random quote generator, Shakespeare facts, auto-and scrolling, check out Shakespeare Pro for these and other great features. 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

Works contained: All’s Well That Ends Well, Antony and Cleopatra, As You Like It, The Comedy of Errors, Coriolanus, Cymbeline, Double Falsehood, Edward III, Hamlet, Henry IV (Parts 1 & 2), Henry V, Henry VI (Parts 1-3), Henry VIII, Julius Caesar, King John, King Lear, Love’s Labours Lost, Macbeth, Measure for Measure, Merchant of Venice, Merry Wives of Windsor, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, Othello, Pericles, King Richard II, Richard III, Romeo and Juliet, Sir Thomas More, Taming of the Shrew, The Tempest, Timon of Athens, Titus Andronicus, Troilus and Cressida, Twelfth Night, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Two Noble Kinsmen, The Winter’s Tale, Sonnets, Venus & Adonis, Rape of Lucrece, A Lover’s Complaint, Passionate Pilgrim, Phoenix & Turtle, To the Queen

What's New in Version 5.7.2

It's the Shakespeare 400 anniversary edition! This version includes minor improvements and bug fixes, including a bug fix for some users who lost their Pro upgrade. If you lost your Pro upgrade, use the Restore Purchase button in the settings and restart the app.

Please take a moment to help other users and rate the app on the App Store!


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Customer Reviews


Paid for Pro update but didn't get it. Then when I tried to download I was charged again. Now I can't update Pro because the iTunes Store reimbursed the 2nd $9.95 I was charged. Is this a scam?

Excellent app!

With this app I can recall & enjoy my favorite plays and other works.

Upgrade took away features!! Added adverts, a horrible banner, etc.

This *was* a wonderful app for the occasional Shakespeare read.

Alas, it's first "upgraded" to include a distracting large red banner across the top of the screen, one that stayed in place while you were reading the plays. That was both visually irritating and distracting, but also interfered with reading in the evening or at night when one wants to have a darker screen. [This has been replaced by a black and grey banner, an improvement, but still stays permanently in place-- at the top of every page of every play!]

The app was much more professional, and aesthetically pleasing, when they simply had a small red upgrade button in the upper right-hand part of the screen when you were looking at the titles of the plays.

What's more, they took away the ability to search ALL of the plays for particular terms, phrases, or words. Instead now, it only searches so far, shows a few results, and then it stops indicating there are scores of other results, but that you can only see them if you upgrade. Advertising and greed have rep,aced what was once an inviting app. As Portia put it in the Merchant of Venice, "My mind was never yet more mercenary"-- how aptly she doth described the developers!

They've also now filled the settings screen, where you go to select different fonts, font sizes, and colors, with many other features-- each of them with upgrade notices and again red bold SCREAMING buttons as adverts. Sure, the original settings choices are there but you have to scroll way down the screen.

This is simply tawdry! Instead of encouraging people to upgrade, it's driving many of us to look for other Shakespeare play apps.

I understand the reasons for doing this – wanting to capitalize on their Shakespearean app – but taking away features and adding irritating ad banners cheapens it all. Even the upgrade at $10 is too steep.

By the way, if they were going to entice people for that kind of money, they should at least have options for how to turn pages – meaning that we wouldn't have to scroll up and down the page, but could instead simply tap on the right side of the screen to advance by page (or the left, to go back).

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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • Free
  • Category: Education
  • Updated:
  • Version: 5.7.2
  • Size: 132 MB
  • Languages: English, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish, Ukrainian
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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