Explore plays and poems by Shakespeare and key Renaissance writers.

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  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream

    Created by: William Shakespeare

    A Midsummer Night’s Dream opens with Theseus, Duke of Athens, eagerly anticipating his marriage to ...

  • Coriolanus

    Created by: William Shakespeare

    Coriolanus is a tragedy following the fortunes of Caius Martius: a Roman general distinguished in the field of ...

  • Doctor Faustus

    Created by: Christopher Marlowe

    Doctor Faustus: plot and character overview Would you sell your soul? And, if you would, for what? Doctor ...

  • Edward II

    Created by: Christopher Marlowe

    Edward II: plot and character overview Outraged by Edward’s elevation of his male favourite Gaveston, ...

  • Hamlet

    Created by: William Shakespeare

    Hamlet opens after the death of King Hamlet. His brother has succeeded him to the throne and quickly married the ...

  • Julius Caesar

    Created by: William Shakespeare

    Julius Caesar opens with the tribunes (the elected representatives of the people) reproaching the commoners for ...

  • King Lear

    Created by: William Shakespeare

    King Lear is a tragedy based on the chronicle history of a pre-Roman, Celtic king of Britain. In ...

  • Macbeth

    Created by: William Shakespeare

    The tragedy Macbeth is set in medieval Scotland. Three witches in a storm plan to meet Macbeth, a warrior and ...

  • Measure for Measure

    Created by: William Shakespeare

    Measure for Measure opens with the Duke of Vienna temporarily leaving his young deputy Angelo in charge of the ...

  • Much Ado About Nothing

    Created by: William Shakespeare

    Much Ado About Nothing opens at the end of a conflict in Italy: Don Pedro of Aragon has defeated his brother Don ...

  • Othello

    Created by: William Shakespeare

    The plot of Othello revolves around a Moorish general who has achieved great military feats on behalf of the ...

  • Poems by John Donne

    Created by: John Donne

    John Donne is most famous now for his witty and complex love poems, but he also produced satires, occasional ...

  • Richard III

    Created by: William Shakespeare

    In Henry VI, Parts 1, 2 and 3, Shakespeare traces the 15th-century dispute between the houses of York and ...

  • Romeo and Juliet

    Created by: William Shakespeare

    Romeo and Juliet begins with a Chorus setting the scene in the Italian city of Verona, where the Capulets and ...

  • Shakespeare's Sonnets

    Created by: William Shakespeare

    Shakespeare’s sonnets are often breath-taking, sometimes disturbing, and sometimes puzzling and elusive in ...

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