Hamlet

Hamlet Among Shakespeare s plays, Hamlet is considered by many his masterpiece Among actors, the role of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, is considered the jewel in the crown of a triumphant theatrical career Now Kenneth Branagh plays the leading role and co directs a brillant ensemble performance Three

Macbeth

Macbeth One night on the heath, the brave and respected general Macbeth encounters three witches who foretell that he will become king of Scotland At first sceptical, he s urged on by the ruthless, single minded ambitions of Lady Macbeth, who suffers none of her husband s doubt But seeing the prophecy

A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream Shakespeare s intertwined love polygons begin to get complicated from the start Demetrius and Lysander both want Hermia but she only has eyes for Lysander Bad news is, Hermia s father wants Demetrius for a son in law On the outside is Helena, whose unreturned love burns hot for Demetrius Hermia

Othello

Othello In Othello, Shakespeare creates a powerful drama of a marriage that begins with fascination between the exotic Moor Othello and the Venetian lady Desdemona , with elopement, and with intense mutual devotion and that ends precipitately with jealous rage and violent deaths He sets this story in the

King Lear

King Lear Shakespeare s King Lear challenges us with the magnitude, intensity, and sheer duration of the pain that it represents Its figures harden their hearts, engage in violence, or try to alleviate the suffering of others Lear himself rages until his sanity cracks What, then, keeps bringing us back to

The Merchant of Venice

The Merchant of Venice In this lively comedy of love and money in sixteenth century Venice, Bassanio wants to impress the wealthy heiress Portia but lacks the necessary funds He turns to his merchant friend, Antonio, who is forced to borrow from Shylock, a Jewish moneylender When Antonio s business falters, repayment

The Tempest

The Tempest Alternate Cover publisher Edition ISBN 0743482832 ISBN13 9780743482837 Each edition includes Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play Scene by scene plot summaries A key to

As You Like It

As You Like It Readers and audiences have long greeted As You Like It with delight Its characters are brilliant conversationalists, including the princesses Rosalind and Celia and their Fool, Touchstone Soon after Rosalind and Orlando meet and fall in love, the princesses and Touchstone go into exile in the

Dr. Faustus

Dr. Faustus The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus, commonly referred to simply as Doctor Faustus, is an Elizabethan tragedy by Christopher Marlowe, based on German stories about the title character Faust, that was first performed sometime between 1588 and Marlowe s death in 1593 Two

Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing In Much Ado About Nothing, Shakespeare includes two quite different stories of romantic love Hero and Claudio fall in love almost at first sight, but an outsider, Don John, strikes out at their happiness Beatrice and Benedick are kept apart by pride and mutual antagonism until others decide to

The Taming of the Shrew

The Taming of the Shrew Renowned as Shakespeare s most boisterous comedy, The Taming of the Shrew is the tale of two young men, the hopeful Lucentio and the worldly Petruchio, and the two sisters they meet in Padua Lucentio falls in love with Bianca, the apparently ideal younger daughter of the wealthy Baptista Minola.

Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar The Oxford School Shakespeare has become the preferred introduction to the literary legacy of the greatest playwright in the English language This exclusive collection of the Bard s best works has been designed specifically for readers new to Shakespeare s rich literary legacy Each play is

Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night Named for the twelfth night after Christmas, the end of the Christmas season, Twelfth Night plays with love and power The Countess Olivia, a woman with her own household, attracts Duke or Count Orsino Two other would be suitors are her pretentious steward, Malvolio, and Sir Andrew Aguecheek.