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*****APPLE'S 10 BEST APPS Of OF 2016*****

The Tempest from Heuristic Shakespeare is the first in a collection of thirty-seven separate apps. Each app is a tool for demystifying one of Shakespeare’s plays and making it more accessible to a modern audience. Sir Ian McKellen and Professor Sir Jonathan Bate take us on journey of discovery using the world-famous Arden Shakespeare texts and their extensive essays and notes. The apps function is to provide an essential aid to understanding and enjoying the plays in the theatre or on the screen.

The Heuristic Shakespeare collection was created for you, whether you are studying Shakespeare for the first time, preparing for an exam, a Shakespearean scholar, or just keen to have a better understanding of his work.

Shakespeare wrote his plays to be seen and heard, not read. Heuristic Shakespeare apps put you face to face with the characters at the heart of each play. It makes his language and references easily accessible and helps you to understand each play from the inside out.

Each app has three discreet levels of complexity so you can access the information that best suits your needs.

Our first app, The Tempest, features a cast of professional Shakespearean actors performing the play in a one-to-one relationship with you, the app user. It also contains the following:

The full text of The Tempest as published in the First Folio.

A full digital version of Arden Shakespeare The Tempest.

The ability to switch between three different levels of notes depending on the level of reader’s needs.

A full breakdown and explanation of every character and all of their lines across every scene.

A linked historical time line of Shakespeare's life, his plays, his theatres, and contemporary context to put it all into perspective.

Video explanations and discussions by both Sir Ian McKellen and Professor Sir Jonathan Bate on characters, themes, and the meaning of the play.

A full “play at a glance” with illustrations and summaries to explain the play’s plot with key quotes and events.

A history of all the major productions of The Tempest from the 17th century to the present day.

The option to make notes, copy and highlight text that can be collected, correlated and exported for later use.

The option to search the play’s full text and essays.

(With all scene videos downloaded the app will take up approximately 2 Gb of space on your iPad.)

What's New

Version 1.0.8

Compatibility fix.

Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
42 Ratings
42 Ratings

Editors’ Choice

We had to look it up too—but “heuristic” simply means you can learn something for yourself. In other words, it’s the perfect descriptor for this insanely robust educational app, which makes understanding The Tempest an absolute breeze. Heuristic Shakespeare’s got it all: definitions of tricky words and phrases, scholarly input, maps, animation, and—best of all—video readings from world-class actors like Sir Ian McKellen. There’s plenty to learn for even the most devoted fans, and we think first-time readers will gain a rich understanding of one of Shakespeare’s all-time bests.


Much needed for this generation’s students of Shakespeare

Most of us have had to read one or two of Shakespeare’s plays in high school. But the problem was that Shakespeare was the last thing we were thinking about. The difficulty of language was a turn off, teachers themselves were not experts in the writing either, so what was the relevance to us? But I think Shakespeare is better appreciated when you have accumulated more personal experience meeting people and delving into some current affairs. I found Shakespeare a more pleasurable experience trying to learn it on my own free time and that is where this app really helps. It has annotations for the entire Tempest play and recorded voice work. So in addition to reading, you get to really ‘listen’ to the words and the different pronunciations. Through this app, it made me confident to say that although Shakespeare is difficult, it does not mean that it can’t be fun. If you take the time and take a leap of faith with this app, I promise that you will have a better appreciation of Shakespeare and create an approachable and optimistic view of classic literature.


Single best educational app I've used. Enormously entertaining!

I bought the Heuristic Shakespeare - The Tempest app last month and I've used it every day since then. This is the single best educational app I've ever used (Duolingo was my previous favorite). The developers and the actors involved in this project have created an app that lets you hear The Tempest, parse the text, see images, etc. It's an experience with a Shakespeare text unlike anything I've experienced before. I love going to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in the summers and I can't wait until they perform this play again, because I now feel like I really understand it.


236.9 MB
Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© Heuristic Shakespeare 2016


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