| Dr. Walton has compiled this list of interesting and useful sites
on Shakespeare's life, works and contexts.
Best's Introduction to Shakespeare's Life and Times
Prof. Best of the University of Victoria offers not only a two-semester
online Shakespeare course but a full CD-ROM's worth of information on
Shakespeare's world -- the history and politics, ideas and mores, art
and music, stage and drama of the time. If you want to know more about
marriage age or daily meals or the plague or sewage disposal or money
or music or alcoholic beverages or jesters or court fashion, here is
a great place to look.
Ulen's Surfing with the Bard
This energetic collection provides "zones" for discussion,
teacher resources, student guides, and reviews.
Terry Grey's Mr. William
Shakespeare and the Internet
This site offers a Shakespeare timeline and genealogy, a list of Shakespeare
festivals, links to Web editions of the complete works, study guides
and notes to a number of plays, and dozens and dozens of links to
other Shakespeare sites on the Web. Well organized and thorough, it
is an excellent place to start.
Renaissance: Elizabethan World
This site offers 70 pages of information about many Tudor/Elizabethan
This beautiful project by Prof. Harry Rusche features paintings based
on Shakespeare's plays, including some famous works by Blake, Delacroix,
Fuseli, Millais and Rossetti.
The English Renaissance in Context
Prof. Rebecca Bushnell introduces and annotates a wealth of wonderful
resources -- including a group of important Renaissance texts, including
Holinshed's Chronicles (a major source for Shakespeare's history plays)
and several editions of King Lear. The texts are presented here in
photographic facsimile for detailed study -- approximately one and
a half times lifesize. This may be as close as most of us get to the
rare quarto and folio editions.
For information about notable stage performances, this is the site
I use the most. The RSC is the most famous Shakespearean company in
the world. Most of the famous British actors of the 20th century worked
in this company (including half the adult cast of the Harry Potter
movies, for example -- Snape, Dumbledore, McGonagall, Voldemort, Lockhart,
Petunia, Skeeter, Maxime, Fudge, ). The part of the site called "online
resources" offers a wealth of information about Shakespeare's
plays and esp. of important stage productions of them - complete with
hundreds of production photos.
100 Best Shakespearean
Here is someone's list of the best Shakespearean acting performances
ever - including movies as well as stage productions and ranging from
1670 to 1993 (somehow the original Globe actors like Burbage were
not talented enough to be included!). Like all "top 100"
lists, this one is by turns interesting, useful, provocative, and
maddening. Thanks to film, we can study 15 of these notable performances
this semester. Want to know which play has the most nominations (an
obvious choice), which single stage production had the most winning
performances, which actor is most often cited, which is the oldest
or the most recent performance to be praised? Check it out!
This site offers detailed information about the original Globe of
1599 as well as its present London reincarnation. Links are provided
to a Reading site about the Globe's neighbor, the Rose Theatre. Included
are photographs, dimensions, drawings, diagrams, and even a "virtual
tour" of the recently rebuilt Globe -- with photos supplying
a 360-degree visual experience (www.rdg.ac.uk/globe/GlobeQTVR.html
Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
In addition to information for prospective tourists (hours, ticket
prices), this official Stratford site supplies a brief biography,
and information about 16th century Stratford life, including details
about the houses and school associated with the Bard.
Elizabeth I - appearance
This UK site offers a quick description of the Queen's appearance
as captured in portraits, with a few of those paintings.
King James I
James VI of Scotland became James I ruling both Scotland and England
after the death of Queen Elizabeth I in 1603. He ruled England when
most of Shakespeare's tragedies were written and first performed.
Shakespeare's company of actors claimed the patronage and protection
of the king and were known as The King's Men. For more info about
this powerful ruler, take a look at these web sites:
(links to portraits of the king in the National Portrait Gallery in
Movie Review Query Engine
This may be the best source for movie reviews.
Internet Movie Database
This is the fullest, richest, most complete site for information about
films - typically listing year of production and complete casts, and
sometimes including box office stats, reviews, and other information.
Here is the site that Amy Kay Nickerson discovered, with information
about the dates and theatres and casts of theatre performances, mostly
on Broadway in New York. This site is parallel to the well known Internet
Movie Data Base. Take a look!