The Arden Shakespeare

The Arden Shakespeare

For over a hundred years, The Arden Shakespeare has set the gold standard for editing and publication of Shakespeare’s plays. They 
now also offer a broad range of critical studies for students and scholars, providing fresh insight into the work and world of Shakespeare and his contemporaries.

The Arden Shakespeare marked Shakespeare400 with some innovative publishing. 

On Shakespeare's Sonnets, a major contribution to the season, celebrates Shakespeare the poet, with 30 leading poets writing a new poem in response to a sonnet. 

On sonnets.jpgThe collection, which consists wholly of newly commissioned works from a range prominent international poets, was edited by King's academics Dr. Hannah Crawforth and Dr Elizabeth Scott-BaumannEach poet selected one of Shakespeare’s poems that spoke to them, using the opportunity to reflect creatively on what it means to remember one of our greatest writers, and what the wider function of poetry can be in the process of memorialization. 

On Shakespeare’s Sonnets reached fourth bestselling poetry anthology on and has garnered international attention, with poems recorded by the Poetry Archiveappearing on the London underground, central to the British Council’s 2016 Shakespeare season, and coverage in the UK’s major newspapers, broadcasters, literary festivals and in the media from the UK to Asia.

Michael Longley’s poem from the collection has become a ‘Poem on the Underground’; Ten of the poems are available on the Poetry Archive site; Inspired the British Council’s Sonnet Exchanges, which matches contemporary UK poets with leading international poets in a programme of discussion, co-creation, workshops and readings. 

This beautiful book provides a reminder of a season of events designed to commemorate Shakespeare across London in 2016, and a testament to what his memory means to today’s poets.

The launch event for the book was a joint endeavour between King’s and the Royal Society for Literature, showcasing a selection of the poems and allowing the poets a platform to discuss their work.

On Shakespeare’s Sonnets in the news:

Another Arden publication, Shakespeare in Our Time, showcases the current and future shape of Shakespeare studies with a wealth of essays from leading international scholars. 

The beautifully illustrated Shakespeare and the Stuff of Life illuminates the world in which Shakespeare lived and wrote while Shakespeare's Creative Legacies explores his work's influence on a variety of creative arts, with personal reflections from theatre makers, artists and writers giving a unique voice to Shakespeare's enduring impact.

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Drama online

Drama Online provides easy access to over 1,500 plays, 350 audio plays and over 80 hours of video from The Arden Shakespeare and other leading publishers.

Shakespeare’s Globe on Screen film collection

Trailer for Much Ado About Nothing


21 critically acclaimed, award-winning productions with performances from Mark Rylance and Stephen Fry filmed live on stage, providing up to 55 hours of spectacular video.

Hamlet the Film starring Maxine Peak

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