Shakespeare died on April 23, 1616. It is traditionally believed that he was also born on same day in 1564. We’ve collected audiobooks of the Bard’s most famous works and additional teaching resources to celebrate the life of one of the greatest writers in the English language.

Listen to Romeo and Juliet on Lit2Go

Romeo and Juliet is an early tragedy by William Shakespeare about two teenage “star-cross’d lovers” whose “untimely deaths” ultimately unite their feuding households. Available on Lit2Go.

Listen to The Merchant of Venice on Lit2Go

The Merchant of Venice is one of William Shakespeare’s best-known plays, written sometime between 1596 and 1598. Available on Lit2Go.

Listen to Hamlet on Lit2Go

Hamlet is a tragedy and revenge play by William Shakespeare. Available on Lit2Go.

Listen to The Tragedy of Macbeth on Lit2Go

Macbeth is among the best known of William Shakespeare’s plays, as well as his shortest surviving tragedy. Available on Lit2Go.

Listen The Tragedy of Julius Caesar on Lit2Go

The Tragedy of Julius Caesar is a dramatized account of the betrayal of the the Roman Emperor. Available on Lit2Go.

Listen to the Sonnets on Lit2Go

Shakespeare’s Sonnets is a collection of 154 poems in sonnet form written by William Shakespeare that deal with such themes as love, beauty, politics, and mortality. Available on Lit2Go.

Birthplace of William Shakespeare

Cottage where Shakespeare was born from the ClipArt ETC website.

Shakespeare Portrait

The Stratford portrait of William Shakespeare, from the ClipArt ETC website.

Illustrations of Shakespeare's Plays

This gallery of illustrations includes over 60 images from The Tempest, The Taming of the Shrew, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Merchant of Venice, Macbeth, Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, and Romeo and Juliet. Available from the ClipArt ETC website.

Map of Stratford on Avon

Bird’s-eye view of Stratford on Avon showing Shakespearean landmarks and other points of interest.

Shakespeare's Church

The Collegiate Church of the Holy and Undivided Trinity, Stratford-upon-Avon is a parish church in the Church of England. It is often known simply as Shakespeare’s Church, due to its fame as the place of baptism and burial of William Shakespeare. Available from the ClipArt ETC website.

Roy Winkelman is a 40+ year veteran teacher of students from every level kindergarten through graduate school. As the former Director of FCIT, he began the Center's focus on providing students with rich content collections from which to build their understanding. When not glued to his keyboard, Dr. Winkelman can usually be found puttering around his tomato garden in Pittsburgh. Questions about this post or suggestions for a future topic? Email me at To ensure that your email is not blocked, please do not change the subject line. Thank you!

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