In what London theatre were many of Shakespeare’s plays originally performed?


In what year did Hamlet, starring Laurence Olivier, win the Best Picture Oscar?

What is the name of William Shakespeare’s Wife?

What is the name of this actress?

All’s Well That Ends Well


  • Bertram, Count of Roussillon
  • Helena
  • The King of France

Setting: Florence

Antony and Cleopatra


  • Mark Antony (commits suicide)
  • Cleopatra (commits suicide with the bite of an asp)
  • Octavius

Setting: Egypt
Quote: “I am dying Egypt, dying.” (Mark Antony)

As You Like It


  • Oliver
  • Orlando
  • Rosalind
  • Duke Frederick
  • Jacques the jester

Setting: The Forest of Arden

Quote:  “All the world’s a stage,and all the men and women merely players.”  (Jaques)

Comedy of Errors (Shakespeare’s Shortest play)


  • Aegean
  • Antipholus (twins with the same name)
  • Dromio (two servants with the same name)

Hamlet  (Shakespeare’s longest play)


  • Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • Gertrude (Hamlet’s mother, poisoned with drink meant for Hamlet)
  • King Claudius (Hamlet’s uncle, kills Hamlet’s father, killed by Hamlet)
  • Horatio (Hamlet’s friend)
  • Polonius (killed by Hamlet)
  • Laertes (Polonius’ son, stabbed by Hamlet)
  • Ophelia (Polonius’ daughter, goes mad and drowns in a river)
  • Rosencrantz and Guildenstern

Setting: Denmark

Castle: Elsinore

Hamlet’s dead friend, dug up by the gravedigger: Yorick


  •       “Something is rotten in the state of Denmark” (Marcellus)
  •       “To be, or not to be: that is the question” (Hamlet)
  •       “To sleep, perchance to dream” (Hamlet)
  •       “Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio, a fellow of infinite jest” (Hamlet)
  •       “Neither a borrower nor a lender be” (Polonius)
  •       “Brevity is the soul of wit” (Polonius)

Henry V


  • King Henry V (wins the Battle of Agincourt)
  • The Dauphin of France
  • Princess Katherine of France (courted by Henry)

Henry VIII (the last play performed in the Globe Theater)


  • Henry VIII
  • Catherine of Aragon (divorced by Henry)
  • Anne Boleyn
  • Cardinal Wolsey
  • Archbishop Thomas Cranmer

Julius Caesar


  • Julius Caesar
  • Brutus and Cassius (they kill Julius Caesar and commit suicide in the end)
  • Mark Antony
  • Octavius (Caesar’s nephew)


  •       “Beware the Ides of March” (Soothsayer)
  •       “A coward dies many times before their deaths” (Caesar)
  •       “I have come to bury Caesar, not to praise him” (Mark Antony)
  •       “Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war!” (Mark Antony)
  •       “This was the most unkindest cut of all” (Mark Antony)


King Lear


  • King Lear, king of ancient Britain
  • Goneril, Regan and Cordelia ( King Lear’s daughters)
  • Edmond (the villian)

Quote: “Sharper than a serpent’s tooth it is to have a thankless child” (King Lear)

Love’s Labours Lost


  • Ferdinand, the king of Navarre
  • The princess of France

Macbeth (“The Scottish Play”)


  • Macbeth, The Thane of Glamis
  • Lady Macbeth
  • King Duncan (killed by Macbeth)
  • Macduff (kills Macbeth in battle)
  • Malcolm (becomes king upon the death of Macbeth)
  • The three witches

Setting: Scotland

Castle: Dunsinane


  •       “Double, double toil and trouble, fire burn and cauldron bubble” (Witches)
  •       “Out, damned spot! Out, I say!” (Lady Macbeth)

The Merchant of Venice


  • Antonio (the merchant of Venice, borrows money from Shylock)
  • Shylock (the moneylender)
  • Portia


  •       “If you prick us, do we not bleed” (Shylock)
  •       “The quality of mercy is not strained” (Portia)

The Merry Wives of Windsor

Character: Falstaff (he appears in three of Shakespeare’s plays)

A Midsummer Night’s Dream


  • Theseus, the Duke of Athens
  • Hippolyta (Queen of the Amazons)
  • Oberon (King of the fairies)
  • Titania (Oberon’s wife)
  • Puck (the fairy)

Setting: Athens

  • Quote: “Lord, what fools these mortals be” (Puck)



  • Othello the Moor
  • Desdemona (Othello’s wife)
  • Iago and Cassio (Othello’s lieutenants)
  • Setting: Cyprus and Venice


  •       “O, beware, my lord, of jealousy, it is a green-eyed monster” (Iago)
  •       “Then you must speak of one that loved not wisely, but too well” (Othello)

Richard III


  • Richard III (of the House of York)
  • King Edward IV (of the House of Lancaster)
  • Edward and Richard (King Edward’s sons)

Setting: 15th century England

Battle: The Battle of Bosworth Field


  •       “Now is the winter of our discontent” (Richard III)
  •       “A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse! (Richard III)

Romeo and Juliet


  • Romeo, of the House of Montague
  • Juliet, of the House of Capulet
  • Tybalt (Juliet’s cousin, killed by Romeo)

Setting: Verona


  •       “That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet” (Juliet)
  •       “But soft, what light through yonder window breaks? It is the East and Juliet is the sun”  (Romeo)

The Taming of the Shrew (basis for the musical Kiss Me Kate)


  • Katherina and Bianca (sisters)
  • Petruchio

The Tempest (Shakespeare’s last play)


  • Prospero, former Duke of Milan
  • Miranda (Prospero’s daughter)
  • Antonio
  • Ariel the sprite
  • Caliban (a deformed slave)


  • “We are such stuff as dreams are make on.”  (Prospero)
  •  “O brave new world that has such people in it!” (Miranda, Aldous Huxley used this quote for the title of his book Brave New World)

Titus Andronicus

Setting: Ancient Rome

Troilus and Cressida


  • Troilus and Cressida
  • Aeneas and Hector (Troilus’ brothers)

Setting: Ancient Troy

Twelfth Night  (What You Will)


  • Duke Orsino
  • Countess Olivia
  • Quote: “If music be the food of love, play on” (Duke Orsino)

Two Gentlemen of Verona


  • Valentine and Proteus (the two gentlemen)
  • Silvia and Julia (their girlfriends)

The Winter’s Tale

Setting: Sicily

  • William Shakespeare’s wifeAnne Hathaway
  • Shakespeare’s nickname The Bard of Avon
  • King Lear’s daughter’sRegan, Cordelia, Goneril
  • The Scottish play Macbeth
  • Fictional Black Moor Othello
  • Twelfth Night’s other name What You Will
  • The Tempest sprite Ariel
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream spritePuck
  • Mistress in Henry IV, V, and The Merry Wives of Windsor Quickly
  • Shakespeare’s longest play Hamlet
  • Hamlet kills this kingClaudius
  • Macbeth kills this kingDuncan
  • He kills MacbethMacduff
  • He kills TybaltRomeo
  • Early actor in many Shakespeare films Laurence Olivier
  • Recent actor in many Shakespeare films Kenneth Branagh
  • Italian director of many Shakespeare filmsFranco Zeffirelli
  • Early London Shakespearean theaterThe Globe
  • Shakespearean actor who built The Globe Richard Burbage