This section contains books about Shakespeare and his work. For plays by Shakespeare, see Shakespeare & Contemporaries and the Shakespeare Folios series.

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Shakespeare On Stage

Thirteen Leading Actors on Thirteen Key Roles

Thirteen leading actors take us behind the scenes, each recreating in detail a memorable performance in one of Shakespeare's major roles.

Shakespeare's Lost Play

In Search of Cardenio

A thrilling act of literary detection as Gregory Doran attempts to rediscover Shakespeare's lost play.

Year of the King

A classic of theatre writing, a unique insight into the creation of a landmark Shakespearian performance.

Speaking the Speech

An Actor's Guide to Shakespeare

By Giles Block Foreword by Mark Rylance

An invaluable book for actors and directors who want to improve their understanding of Shakespeare’s language in order to speak it better.

Shakespeare On Stage: Volume 2

Twelve Leading Actors on Twelve Key Roles

Twelve leading actors take us behind the scenes of landmark Shakespearean productions, each recreating in detail their memorable performance in a major role.

What Country, Friends, Is This?: Directing Shakespeare with Young Performers

A highly practical, comprehensive guide to exploring Shakespeare with young people – ideal for directors, youth theatre leaders, workshop facilitators and teachers.

Preface to Hamlet

The best known - and longest - of Harley Granville Barker's celebrated Prefaces to Shakespeare: some of the best practical guides to Shakespeare's work yet written. With a foreword by Richard Eyre.

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Freeing Shakespeare's Voice

The Actor's Guide to Talking the Text

A practical approach to breaking through the barriers of restraint and incomprehension when faced with Shakespeare.

Shakespeare on the Factory Floor

A Handbook for Actors, Directors and Designers

A passionate, illuminating exploration of Shakespeare's greatest plays and characters, from the director of the acclaimed theatre company Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory.

Exploring Shakespeare

A Director's Notes from the Rehearsal Room

A Shakespeare masterclass from an acclaimed theatre director, going inside the rehearsal room to reveal – in unprecedented and captivating detail – exactly what happens there. An essential book for directors and actors, and a fascinating insight for anyone interested in Shakespeare.

Year of the Mad King: The Lear Diaries

Antony Sher's account of researching, rehearsing and performing one of Shakespeare's greatest roles, Lear, in the 2016 Royal Shakespeare Company production. Winner of the 2019 Theatre Book Prize.

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Hamlet In Pieces

Shakespeare Reworked by Peter Brook, Robert Lepage, Robert Wilson

A casebook study of three extraordinary productions of Hamlet by three giants of modern theatre: Peter Brook, Robert Lepage and Robert Wilson.

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Shakespeare in 100 Objects

Treasures from the Victoria and Albert Museum

Edited by Janet Birkett

A fascinating selection of one hundred objects, each illustrated in full colour and accompanied by a compact essay, chosen by the Victoria and Albert Museum's curators for the insight they afford into the world of Shakespeare and his plays.

Thinking Shakespeare

A working guide for actors, directors, students… and anyone else interested in the Bard

Practical advice on how to make Shakespeare’s words feel spontaneous, passionate, and real, from a leading American director and teacher.