The first app I downloaded on my very first iPhone was the Shakespeare app by Readdle, which is free and contains the complete works of Shakespeare (plays, sonnets, poems – the whole shebang). It’s come in handy many sleepless nights and in many airports.
But although it provides great on-the-go access to the bard, it doesn’t compare to The Shakesperience iBooks which, true to their name, incredibly comprehensive experiences of the plays for the iPad or your computer. Hamlet: The Shakesperience, just released, is narrated by Sir Derek Jacobi and features commentary by Royal Shakespeare Company professionals, as well as video and audio of classic scenes by Sir Laurence Olivier and Sir John Gielgud. Those features are in addition to the glossary definitions and passage explanations that you can access by simply touching the text on-screen. And you don’t even need to be connected to wi-fi once you’ve downloaded one of the iBooks.
The photos, facts and videos make these iBooks must-haves for Shakespeare-lovers like me who want to revisit their favourites in a meaningful way and are invaluable for the classroom. Other “Shakesperiences” are available for download for $5.99 each include Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Othello, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.