April 23: William Shakespeare
On this day in 1616, Shakespeare died. It is traditionally believed that he was also born on this 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.
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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
Listen to The Tragedy of Macbeth 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
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.
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.
Map of England and Wales at the Time of Shakespeare
Map of Stratford on Avon
Bird’s-eye view of Stratford on Avon showing Shakespearean landmarks and other points of interest.