William Shakespeare

Romeo and Juliet


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Romeo and Juliet is perhaps the most famous of Shakespeare’s plays and is thought to be the most famous love story in Western history. It co…

Hamlet


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Hamlet is commonly regarded as one of the greatest plays ever written. Drawing on Danish chronicles and the Elizabethan vogue for revenge tr…

A Midsummer Night's Dream


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Magic, fairies, young lovers chasing each other through a forest, a man with a donkey's head, and impish Puck wreaking havoc right and left.…

The Tragedy of Macbeth


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Murder and madness, witches and war: Librivox presents a recording of Macbeth, perhaps Shakespeare's best known tragedy. Macbeth, a genera…

Othello


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Othello is the story of a cross-cultural romance between the title character, a noble moor who is a general in the Venetian army, and Desdem…

The Taming of the Shrew


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The Taming of the Shrew is one of Shakespeare's earliest comedies, and was inspired by classical Roman comedy and the Italian commedia dell'…

Julius Caesar


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William Shakespeare's The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, based on true events, concerns the conspiracy against Julius Caesar, his assassination i…

The Merchant of Venice


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William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice was probably written between 1596 and 1598, and was printed with the comedies in the First Foli…

Much Ado About Nothing


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Written around the middle of his career, Much Ado About Nothing is one of Shakespeare's great festive comedies. The men are back from the w…

The Tempest


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Banished from his own lands by a usurping brother, Prospero and his daughter Miranda have been living on a deserted island for years, until …

Twelfth Night


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Hidden and mistaken identities, requited and unrequited loves, pranks and jokes abound in this romantic comedy. (Summary by Karen Savage)Cas…

King Lear


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King Lear is widely held as the greatest of Shakespeare's tragedies; to some, it is the greatest play ever written. King Lear abdicates the …

Shakespeare's Sonnets


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Shakespeare’s sonnets comprise a collection of 154 poems in sonnet form that deal with such themes as love, beauty, politics, and mortality.…

Romeo and Juliet (version 2)


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Romeo and Juliet is Shakespeare's famous tragedy of two "star-crossed lovers" from rival houses. Romeo and Juliet meet at a party …

As You Like It


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One of Shakespeare’s most popular plays, As You Like It is a pastoral comedy of mistaken identity, wit, and love. Daughter of a banished duk…

The Comedy of Errors


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The Comedy of Errors is one of William Shakespeare's earliest plays, believed to have been written between 1592 and 1594. It is his shortest…

Henry V


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After the turmoil and uncertainty of Henry IV a new era appears to dawn for England with the accession of the eponymous Henry V. In this sun…

Romeo and Juliet (version 3)


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Romeo and Juliet is an early tragedy by William Shakespeare about two teenage "star-cross'd lovers" whose "untimely deaths&qu…

A Midsummer Night's Dream (version 2)


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Shakespeare's festive comedy combines classical Athenian characters (Duke Theseus and his conquered Amazonian bride Hippolyta) with four con…

Richard III


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Richard III is an early history play probably written and performed around 1592-93. It is the culmination of Shakespeare's earlier three pla…

Antony and Cleopatra


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Antony and Cleopatra is a tragedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written sometime between 1603 and 1607. It was first printed…

Roméo et Juliette


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« Car jamais aventure ne fut plus douloureuse que celle de Roméo et Juliette… » Shakespeare dans cette tragédie in…

Shakespeare's Sonnets (version 2)


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Shakespeare's Sonnets, or simply The Sonnets, comprise a collection of 154 poems in sonnet form written by William Shakespeare that deal wit…

Richard II


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Richard II by William Shakespeare is the first of eight plays that portray a historically-informed version of the War of the Roses - beginni…

The Tragedy of Macbeth (Version 2)


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Macbeth is a play written by William Shakespeare. It is considered one of his darkest and most powerful tragedies. Set in Scotland, the play…

The Winter's Tale


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Mad with jealousy, King Leontes of Sicilia orders his best friend Polixenes killed, his child abandoned, and his wife put on trial for adult…

King Henry IV, Part 1


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King Henry IV, Part 1 is the second of Shakespeare’s eight Wars of the Roses history plays, with events following those of King Richard II. …

Venus and Adonis


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Venus and Adonis is Shakespeare's narrative poem about the love of the goddess Venus for the mortal youth Adonis, dedicated partly to his pa…

King Lear (version 2)


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The Tragedy of King Lear is a tragedy by William Shakespeare. The title character descends into madness after foolishly disposing of his est…

Hamlet (version 3)


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The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark is a tragedy by William Shakespeare. Set in the Kingdom of Denmark, the play dramatizes the revenge…

All's Well That Ends Well


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Despite its optimistic title, Shakespeare's All's Well That Ends Well has often been considered a "problem play." Ostensibly a com…

Henry VIII


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This is Shakespeare's dutiful trubute to one of the most imposing and terrifying rulers in European history. The kingdom trembles as the gia…

Macbeth


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Macbeth cuenta una historia de crimen y castigo entreverada de brujería y elementos sobrenaturales. Amparado en las engañosas …

Love's Labour's Lost


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Love's Labour's Lost is an early comedy by William Shakespeare. The King of Navarre and his three friends take a vow of study and seclusion…

Macbeth


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Les spécialistes s’accordent pour fixer la date de composition de la pièce en 1606. Le sujet est tiré des Chroniques de…

The Merry Wives of Windsor


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The Merry Wives of Windsor is a comedy by William Shakespeare, first published in 1602, though believed to have been written prior to 1597. …

Much Ado About Nothing (version 2)


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Much Ado About Nothing is generally considered one of Shakespeare’s best comedies, because it combines elements of robust hilarity with more…

Measure For Measure


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Generally considered one of Shakespeare's problem plays, Measure for Measure examines the ideas of sin and justice. Duke Vincentio turns Vie…

Titus Andronicus


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Titus Andronicus may be Shakespeare's earliest tragedy; it is believed to have been written in the early 1590s. It depicts a Roman general w…

Coriolanus


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Shakespeare was passionately interested in the history of Rome, as is evident from plays like Titus Andronicus, Julius Caesar, and Antony an…

Shakespeare's Sonnets (version 4)


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Shakespeare's sequence of 154 sonnets deals with such themes as love, time, death, immortality, lust, and sex. The poems follow but also dep…

Hamlet (version 2)


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The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark is a tragedy by William Shakespeare. Set in the Kingdom of Denmark, the play dramatizes the revenge…

Romeo y Julieta


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King Henry IV, Part 2


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Henry IV, Part 2 is a history play by William Shakespeare, believed written between 1596 and 1599. It is the third part of a tetralogy, prec…

A Personal Anthology of Shakespeare


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This personal anthology is my choice of speeches from Shakespeare that I enjoy reading (that I would like to have had by heart years ago!) a…

Shakespeare Monologues Collection vol. 01


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William Shakespeare (April 26, 1564 – April 23, 1616) remains widely to be considered the single greatest playwright of all time. He wrote i…

Le Songe d’une nuit d’été


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Le Songe d’une nuit d’été (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) est une comédie de William Shakespeare écrite entre 1594 e…

The Two Gentlemen of Verona


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The Two Gentlemen of Verona is the earliest comedy written by Shakespeare (and possibly his first play), probably written around 1590-91. I…

The Rape of Lucrece


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The Rape of Lucrece (1594) is a narrative poem by William Shakespeare about the legendary Lucretia. Lucrece draws on the story described in …

The Life and Death of King John


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The Life and Death of King John, a history play by William Shakespeare, dramatises the reign of John, King of England (ruled 1199–1216), son…

The Passionate Pilgrim


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The Passionate Pilgrim was published by William Jaggard, later the publisher of Shakespeare's First Folio. The first edition survives only i…

Troilus and Cressida


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Troilus and Cressida is Shakespeare's "problem" play about the Trojan War. As the opening Chorus tells us, the play "begins …

Some Poems of Shakespeare


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A selection of Shakespeare's poems from The Oxford Book of English Verse: 1250–1900. (Summary by Clarica)

Henry VI, Part 1


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Henry VI, Part 1 or The First Part of Henry the Sixth (often written as 1 Henry VI) is a history play by William Shakespeare, believed to ha…

Hamlet


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Le roi du Danemark, père d’Hamlet, est mort récemment. Son frère Claudius l’a remplacé comme roi et, moins de de…

Shakespeare Monologues Collection vol. 02


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LibriVox readers present the second collection of monologues from Shakespeare’s plays. Containing 15 parts. William Shakespeare (April 26, …

Twelfth Night (version 2)


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Shakespeare's great festive comedy, probably written and first performed around 1601, follows the adventures of twins Viola and Sebastian, w…

Henry VI, Part 2


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Henry VI, Part 2 or The Second Part of Henry the Sixth (often written as 2 Henry VI) is a history play by William Shakespeare believed to ha…

Cymbeline


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Cymbeline is one of Shakespeare's late romances, which (like The Tempest and The Winter's Tale) combines comedy and tragedy. Imogen, the dau…

Shakespeare Monologues Collection vol. 03


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LibriVox readers present the third collection of monologues from Shakespeare's plays. Containing 20 parts. - William Shakespeare (April 26, …

Henry VI, Part 3


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Henry VI, Part 3 or The Third Part of Henry the Sixt (often written as 3 Henry VI) is a history play by William Shakespeare believed to have…

As You Like It (version 2)


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Shakespeare's pastoral comedy was written and first performed around 1599, and presents some of his familiar motifs: a cross-dressing heroin…

Winter (Shakespeare)


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LibriVox volunteers bring you 16 recordings of Winter by William Shakespeare. This poem is from "Love's Labour's Lost". This was t…

Shakespeare's Sonnets (version 3)


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Shakespeare’s Sonnets, or simply The Sonnets, comprise a collection of 154 poems in sonnet form written by William Shakespeare that deal wit…

A Midsummer Night's Dream (version 3)


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The play features three interlocking plots, connected by a celebration of the wedding of Theseus of Athens and the Amazon queen, Hippolyta, …

Pericles, Prince of Tyre


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Pericles, Prince of Tyre is a Jacobean play written at least in part by William Shakespeare and included in modern editions of his collected…

The Reign of King Edward the Third


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The Reign of King Edward the Third is an Elizabethan play printed anonymously in 1596. It has frequently been claimed that it was at least p…

Sonnet 023


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Librivox volunteers bring you eight different readings of William Shakespeare’s Sonnet 23, a weekly poetry project.(Summary by Annie Coleman…

Sueño de una noche de verano


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Sonnet 130


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LibriVox volunteers bring you seventeen different readings of Shakespeare’s Sonnet 130. This sonnet offers a look into the Elizabethan ideal…

Timon of Athens


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The Life of Timon of Athens is a play by William Shakespeare about the fortunes of an Athenian named Timon (and probably influenced by the p…

Shakespeare Monologues Collection vol. 04


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LibriVox readers present the fourth collection of monologues from Shakespeare’s plays. Containing 20 parts. William Shakespeare (April 26, 1…

La tempestad


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Romeo and Juliet (version 4)


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Two households, both alike in dignity,In fair Verona, where we lay our scene,From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,Where civil blood makes…

Shakespeare Monologues Collection vol. 08


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LibriVox readers present the eighth collection of monologues from Shakespeare’s plays. Containing 20 parts. William Shakespeare (April 26, …

Sonnet 073


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To celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday, LibriVox volunteers bring you ten different recordings of Sonnet 73. This was the weekly poetry project…

Sonnet 116


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LibriVox volunteers bring you seventeen recordings of Sonnet 116 by William Shakespeare. This was the weekly poetry project for the week of …

Shakespeare Monologues Collection vol. 06


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LibriVox readers present the sixth collection of monologues from Shakespeare’s plays. Containing 20 parts. William Shakespeare (April 26, 1…

The Two Noble Kinsmen


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The Two Noble Kinsmen is a Jacobean tragicomedy co-written by William Shakespeare and John Fletcher, first published in 1634. Set in ancient…

La Tempête


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La Tempête (The Tempest) est une pièce de théâtre en cinq actes écrite par William Shak…

Shakespeare Monologues Collection vol. 07


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LibriVox readers present the seventh collection of monologues from Shakespeare’s plays. Containing 20 parts. William Shakespeare (April 26,…

Where the Bee Sucks


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LibriVox volunteers bring you 15 recordings of Where the Bee Sucks by William Shakespeare. This was the Weekly Poetry project for April 8, 2…

Shakespeare Monologues Collection vol. 05


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LibriVox readers present the fifth collection of monologues from Shakespeare’s plays. Containing 20 parts. William Shakespeare (April 26, 15…

Othello


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La Tragédie d’Othello, ou Le More de Venise est une tragédie de William Shakespeare jouée pour la première fois …

Shakespearean Dialogues Collection 001


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This is a collection of scenes from Shakespeare's plays, mainly comprising dialogues between two characters. The theme for this collection i…

The Comedy of Errors (version 2)


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The Comedy of Errors tells the story of two sets of identical twins that were accidentally separated at birth. Antipholus of Syracuse and hi…

Shakespeare Monologues Collection vol. 09


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LibriVox readers present the ninth collection of monologues from Shakespeare’s plays. Containing 20 parts. William Shakespeare (April 26, 1…

The Merchant of Venice (version 2)


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Perhaps the most controversial of Shakespeare's comedies, The Merchant of Venice tells the tale of a man, Bassanio, who has a crazy plan to …

Shakespearean Dialogues Collection 002


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This is the second LibriVox collection of scenes from Shakespeare's plays, mainly comprising dialogues between two characters. The theme for…

Fidele


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LibriVox volunteers bring you 16 recordings of Fidele by William Shakespeare. This was the Weekly Poetry project for July 18th, 2010.

Shakespeare Monologues Collection vol. 10 (Multilingual)


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LibriVox readers present the tenth collection of monologues from Shakespeare’s plays. Containing 20 parts. William Shakespeare (April 26, 15…

Monologue d’Hamlet


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Extrait d’Hamlet, Acte 3, Scène 1.« Être, ou ne pas être, c’est là la question. Y a-t-il plus de noblesse d’…

Sonetos de amor


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La comedia de las equivocaciones


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La fierecilla domada


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Sonnet 028


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LibriVox volunteers bring you 12 different recordings of Sonnet 28 by William Shakespeare. This was the weekly poetry project for the week o…

The Comedy of Errors (version 3)


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Written sometime between 1592 and 1594, Comedy of Errors is certainly the exact recipe for a Shakespearean Comedy. Two sets of identical twi…

Jules César (Le Discours d’Antoine)


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A l’acte III du drame de Shakespeare Jules César (ou La Mort de César) nous assistons à l’assassinat, au Capitole, de …

Vénus et Adonis (Poème)


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Vénus et Adonis, poème narratif composé de 199 strophes de 6 vers chacune, est une œuvre de jeunesse de Shakespeare, pu…

La tempestad


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Théâtre et Poésie (Sélection bilingue)


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Né en 1564, Shakespeare meurt en 1616, âgé de seulement 52 ans et laissant une œuvre immense, dont l’étude et la …

Julius Caesar (version 2)


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When Julius Caesar returns to Rome from conquering the Gauls, Cassius and his friends are worried that he will try to seize power and make h…

The Witches' Brew (MacBeth Act IV Scene I)


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Librivox volunteers bring you seven readings of The Witches' Brew from Act IV Scene I of MacBeth, by William Shakespeare. This was the weekl…

Le Marchand de Venise


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Le Marchand de Venise est une pièce de théâtre de William Shakespeare écrite entre 1596 et 1597. Classée c…

Monologue d’Hamlet (Acte III, Scène 1, Version 2)


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To be, or not to be: that is the question. Le monologue d’Hamlet est peut-être le passage le plus célèbre de toute la li…

A Midsummer Night's Dream (version 4)


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Even people who claim to hate Shakespearean comedy have to admit that they love A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The original play is already natu…

The Tempest (Extrait)


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Voici tiré de La Tempête, le prologue final de Prospero, en version originale.« Now my charms are all o’erthrown, An…

La Sauvage apprivoisée


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La Sauvage (ou La Mégère) apprivoisée est l’une des premières pièces de Shakespeare, probablement é…

Antoine et Cléopâtre


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Antoine et Cléopâtre (Antony and Cleopatra) est une pièce de théâtre, classée dans les tragéd…

The Taming of the Shrew (version 2)


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When local drunkard Christopher Sly walks into a tavern, the last thing he expects is a complex trick where, to the amusement of many others…

All's Well That Ends Well (version 2)


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A fairy tale with real life consequences, All's Well That Ends Well concerns a pooe physician's daughter who goes to Paris to heal the King …

Twelfth Night (version 3)


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Twelfth Night, or What You Wil is a comedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written around 1601–02 as a Twelfth Night's enterta…

Measure For Measure


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Described as a "problem play" Measure for Measure is only as much a problem as life itself is- that is, are there any easy answers…

Monologue d’Hamlet (Acte III, Scène 1, Version 3)


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« Être, ou ne pas être, c’est là la question.Y a-t-il plus de noblesse d’âme à subir la fronde et les …

Favourite Scenes From Shakespeare


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In 2012, the World Shakespeare Festival surveyed Britons as to their favourite plays by Shakespeare. This collection consists of 21 scenes …

Shakespeare Monologues Collection vol. 13


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This is the thirteenth collection of monologues from Shakespeare's plays. Our readers have chosen their favourite monologues from Shakespear…

Sonnet 18


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A LibriVox Weekly Poetry tribute to William Shakespeare marking the 400th anniversary of the Bard's death in April 2016. …

Sonnet 130


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A LibriVox Weekly Poetry tribute to William Shakespeare marking the 400th anniversary of the Bard's death in April 2016. …

Shakespeare Monologues Collection vol. 11 (Multilingual)


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This is the eleventh collection of monologues from Shakespeare's various plays. Various characters will speak on various topics, some of the…

Shakespeare Monologues Collection vol. 12 (Multilingual)


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This is the 12th edition of the Shakespeare Monologues Collection, in which librivox volunteers bring you their favourite characters' monolo…