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  • Collection: Shakespeare's Globe

The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice (c. 1603)

Shakespeare's "lascivious Moor" and "extravagant and wheeling stranger," Othello, is in many respects the embodiment of early modern fears about miscegenation and the erosion of distinctions in an increasingly pluralistic society. The role, first…

The Merchant of Venice (c.1596)

"The trade and profit of the city/ Consisteth of all nations” (3.3.30-31) Venice was arguably the most multicultural city in the world when Shakespeare penned The Merchant of Venice. At the crossroads between East and West, it was a major trading…

The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark (c.1599)

Haply the seas and countries differentWith variable objects shall expelThis something-settled matter in his heart,Whereon his brains still beating puts him thusFrom fashion of himself. (3.1.170-74) Analyzed often from a psychoanalytical perspective,…

Macbeth aka 'The Scottish Play'

A tragedy of greed, ambition and treachery, but also of Celtic rebellion against imperial England? The Scottishness of the so-called 'Scottish play' has received scant attention, surprisingly, with actors such as Ian McKellen, who famously played the…

Henry V (c. 1599)

Arguably Shakespeare's most patriotic play, Henry Vcenters onthe charismatic yet cunning king, dubbed ‘This star of England’ (Epilogue, line 6), and his campaign in France. It explores issues relating to national identity, the ethics of war, and…