April 23, 2021, by Sarah
Discover our collections: William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare was a renowned English poet, playwright, and actor born in 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon.
Considered by many to be the greatest dramatist of all time, this blog (published on 23 April, the date most commonly celebrated as his birthday) provides an overview of Shakespeare’s works and related resources which can be found in our collections.
To find out more about his life and career, read Shakespeare’s biography in either Literature Online or Britannica Academic.
Books and Journals
How many of Shakespeare’s plays, poems and sonnets have you read? You can find them all in the Arden Shakespeare Complete Works. Available in our collections in both print or online format.
Some key sources include:
- Shakespeare Survey – a yearbook of Shakespeare studies and production; many of its essays have become classics of Shakespeare criticism.
- Cambridge Companions to Shakespeare – authoritative guides written by leading experts
Key journals in our collections include:
- Shakespeare Bulletin
- Shakespeare Quarterly
- Multicultural Shakespeare: translation, appropriation, and performance
Some of these titles are edited by, and feature content from, Nottingham academics.
Much has been written about The Bard and you might find some of these NUsearch results interesting:
- Books available online
- Manuscripts & Special Collections resources
- Articles in peer-reviewed journals
- All search results
For even more sources, check out World Shakespeare Bibliography Online. This tool provides annotated entries for all important books, articles, book reviews, dissertations, theatrical productions, reviews of productions, audiovisual materials, electronic media, and other scholarly and popular materials related to Shakespeare and published or produced between 1960 and the present.
Performances and broadcasts
- Shakespeare Audio – fully dramatised unabridged recordings of all of Shakespeare’s 38 plays.
- Globe on Screen 1 and 2 – 30 plays recorded live on the Globe stage. Read more about the content of Globe on Screen in this earlier blog post.
- National Theatre Collection 1 and 2 – a further 11 performances were filmed at the National Theatre.
More productions are available on Digital Theatre+, where you’ll also find documentaries, interviews, graphic novels, essays and study guides.
These curated playlists on Box of Broadcasts contain films, television programmes and documentaries:
- Essential Shakespeare
- Shakespeare’s Drama
- Shakespeare Perspectives
- Shakespeare: Performance and Politics
Updated: 8 August 2022
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