Shakespeare Pro 4+

The #1 Shakespeare App

    • 4.8 • 1.4K Ratings
    • $12.99
    • Offers In-App Purchases


Over 25 million downloads!

“It’s really great!”
—Kenneth Branagh, actor and director

“‘The app’s the thing.’ Hamlet was almost right. Great to see Shakespeare Pro superplaying with Shakespeare’s plays.”
—David Crystal, linguist and author of Shakespeare's Words

“The Shakespeare Pro app is simply terrific and filled with loads of wonderful information!”
—Ken Ludwig, Tony and Olivier Award Winning Playwright

Shakespeare Pro® includes the complete works of Shakespeare (41 plays, 154 sonnets and 6 poems, including apocrypha) and search the concordance to find the exact word or phrase you’re looking for (with “relaxed” searching to find words close to your search term).

Shakespeare Pro is packed with these impressive features:

••• QUALITY TEXTS are a top priority and our team spent years compiling and editing the best references available. In the updated editions, the text is even more clear and each individual character is uniquely identified.

••• FIRST FOLIOS AND QUARTOS in original spelling show the works as they were originally published in Shakespeare’s time.

••• AN INTEGRATED GLOSSARY, based on the bestselling lexicon by David & Ben Crystal, Shakespeare’s Words™ is included. Simply tapping on a word will display its definition in context (not just a general definition).

••• ADD YOUR OWN NOTES AND SHARE THEM with your students, classmates, friends, and colleagues. Organize your notes into notebooks for use in the classroom, theatre, or just to remember key facts. Then share them via email or AirDrop.

••• POWER SEARCH THE WORKS by customizing multiple parameters like gender, genre, work, language, line form, soliloquies, and more.

••• CUSTOMIZE YOUR READING EXPERIENCE by choosing from a variety of color themes, change the font family and size, display long or short character names, jump around to different scenes, and view line numbers (*read the note below about line numbering).

••• BOOKMARK YOUR FAVORITE PARTS in addition to remembering the last page you viewed. Even copy/paste that great line.

••• DETAILED SCENE BREAKDOWNS give you an overview of the scenes within each play, their locations, and the characters present in each.

••• CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS help you better understand the actions and motivations of every character—all 1,155 of them.

••• MODERN TRANSLATIONS and lexicons to help you better understand Elizabethan English (extra add-ons).

••• GET THE FACTS by reading up on Shakespeare’s life, view data and chronology about his works, and an overview of scansion terminology or rhetoric. Character Arc Visualizers show individual character arcs or allow for comparison of multiple characters.

••• SHAKE YOUR DEVICE for Shakespeare himself to display a random memorable quote or insult. Or get a new random quote every day.

••• BROWSE THE GALLERY of famous Shakespeare portraits.

••• TEACHER CURRICULUM makes it easy for teachers to introduce students to Shakespeare's works.

••• COMPLETE APOCRYPHA is the most comprehensive breakdown of 14 plays Shakespeare may have had a hand in.

••• BARDFIND™ is the easiest way to find a Shakespeare theatre or venue anywhere in the world.

These are just a few highlights of the great things in Shakespeare Pro. If you’re a student, professor, actor, or just plain love the Bard, this must-have app ensures you have the complete works at your fingertips.

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What’s New

Version 7.1.1

Whew! We did a lot of work under the hood for this update and preparing for future updates. So a ton isn't visible, but might feel a little more "snappy" in addition to the following new bits and bobs:

• NEW! Show the global line numbers, not just scene-based line numbers
• NEW! Added the longest monologue for each play on the Dramatis Personae
• NEW! Added the titles in 20 different languages for each play (now you know what "Ιούλιος Καίσαρας" means)
• NEW! Add character disguises to their descriptions—see when people are in a disguise throughout the plays
• NEW! Add character deaths to their descriptions—see when characters die and their reason/means of death
• NEW! Add ghosts to character descriptions—see when a character is or becomes a ghost throughout the plays
• NEW! Add character ascensions and depositions—see when a character ascends in rank or is removed from power
• Improvements to natural language searching of folios, quartos, and octavos
• Added the "Shakespeare Ultimate" add-on which contains all the add-ons in one easy and discounted upgrade
• Lots of small visual tweaks and improvements, theme and printing improvements
• Fixed a bug with notebooks where they weren't being selected correctly, and another bug crashing BardFind
• User interface enhancements and improvements to dark mode
• Since the app was first released in 2008 when the App Store first launched, the works have been open source and available in GitHub. These are now updated with the latest scholarship and formatting improvements.

This is the last version to support iOS 15 so update your devices. There's a new version for macOS coming soon and you'll get it for free if you've purchased the iOS version.

Did you catch the last update?

• NEW! Search by character archetype
• NEW! List of character archetypes in Study section
• NEW! Easier lookup and cross-reference for glossary, built-in dictionary
• User interface enhancements and improvements

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
1.4K Ratings

1.4K Ratings

Uuweanolwion ,

The ultimate portable Shakespeare

Hold up.

Carefully edited texts? Searchable by play or the entire oeuvre? A complete and searchable glossary? Notes and bookmarks and sharing? The FIRST FOLIO for reference and comparison?! For an astonishingly low sticker price?!

This app is insanely good.

While I love my paperbound books and painstakingly self-annotated Shakespeare texts, my collection has cost me a minor fortune and cannot be carried anywhere without a cart. Even my favorite bargain-prices Complete Works (the Yale) weighs eight pounds and has gradually torn apart its own binding to the point that "Henry V" is unwittingly splitting into two parts like its predecessor. To have one app that combines a First Folio, the power of the Schmidt Lexicons, and the Internet's trove of resources - IN THE PALM OF MY HAND!! - is astounding. And very very much appreciated.

I'm sure we'll all have our quibbles about editorial choices and technical glitches (which Complete Works, in any media, doesn't?), but we should all be able to agree that a meticulously presented and accessible avenue into the world of the Bard is a boon to any and all of us with this app on our devices.

talulah63 ,

Convenient and full of cool stuff!

I love having the Complete Works in my pocket!! There’s always occasion to look up a quote or figure out another meaning of a word or phrase and this app is the ultimate tool for that. The glossary is fantastic. The short list of facts at the beginning of the play is great subject matter for discussion or further exploration. And their customer support is excellent too if you ever have an issue. All so helpful to my work as a teacher and director! Thanks so much!!

MarkRayKY ,

The perfect Shakespeare companion

When I studied Shakespeare in college, my textbook was the 1900-page Riverside Shakespeare. Now, I can carry Shakespeare in my pocket.

This app contains all the plays (and other works), along with scene summaries, character bios, statistics, an integrated glossary, and even inline translations into modern English. (Some features are in-app purchases.)

In my opinion, the only thing missing is a library of videos from the Royal Shakespeare Company or Shakespeare’s Globe. 😉

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