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See 107 copies of the 21 plays by Shakespeare printed in quarto before the 1642 theatre closures

Background information on Shakespeare's life and works

Background information

Find out about William Shakespeare, his works, his theatre world and the printing of his plays.
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The afterlife - how Shakespeare's play have changed

The afterlife

See how Shakespeare's plays have changed in print and in performance, from the re-opening of the theatres in 1660.

Read about David Tennant's acclaimed Hamlet for the RSC on the BBC website

The texts

The texts

View and compare 107 quartos, two at a time, side by side.

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Elizabethan and Jacobean England
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