video

Full-length video production of every scene in every play we're produced. Our productions are unabridged, meaning we do every line from every play. We break up our productions into scenes to make them more digestible for viewers and students. Each scene is presented with the focus placed solely on story and character, with clarity of action being our driving principle.


Text

Each scene is presented with the full text, edited by the University of Toronto's Noam Lior. The text is presented in a clean, easy-to-read typeface with line numbers running down the right margin for convenient citation and reference needs. 

 


Annotations

Each scene is packed with insightful annotations by the University of Toronto's Noam Lior. Their content includes clarification of difficult passages, alternative readings and contextual facts about the moment in question. The annotations are an essential part of the Shakespeare at Play experience and continually rank as the most favoured feature after our video content. 


Glossary

We have custom built a glossary with hundreds of definitions for each play, explaining words or phrases that have gone out of use or highlighting a particular meaning out of several possible options. Also, sometimes words used in the context of Shakespeare mean something different than they do today, and so the glossary even helps to clarify words that you didn't even know needed clarifying!


Audio Introductions

Every scene is introduced by the University of Toronto's Noam Lior, and he highlights plot events to watch out for and points-of-interest that connect to parts of the play that have already past or are yet to come. These introductions offer a great way to enter into a scene because they help the reader understand the basic structure of the action before they tackle it, so that they know what to keep an eye out for. 


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Character and scene Descriptions

Every scene has a short synopsis and list of characters appearing in that scene so that at any time the reader can ensure that they are following the action of the scene correctly and check who the characters are that are speaking (and how they relate to one another).