Uncover the work of William Shakespeare with these free online courses

Discover Shakespeare’s history

In 2016, the 400th anniversary of the famous bard’s death, find out how William Shakespeare is so much more than just ‘to be or not to be’. Explore Shakespeare’s cultural background and some of the key locations in his life, including Stratford upon Avon, his birthplace.

Get new insight into famous works

Examine some of William Shakespeare’s most famous plays - Hamlet, Othello and Much Ado about Nothing. Go behind the scenes of performances, exploring the staging, craft and history of each work.

Find out how Shakespeare still helps us today

Explore what Shakespeare can teach us about English by learning about universal themes in his writing, as well as the expressions he contributed to the English language.

Learn from true Shakespeare experts

Explore William Shakespeare with teaching from renowned scholars and institutions, including: established Shakespeare academic Professor Jonathan Bate; Birmingham’s famous Shakespeare Institute; the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust (a charity caring for Shakespeare’s family homes in Stratford-upon-Avon); Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) actors and directors; and the British Council.