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The Shakespeare App for iOS

By James Duncan Free

Developer's Description

Learn your lines by progressively removing words until you have mastered your dialog without prompting. Edit a play by deleting, reordering, or modifying dialog, then share your adaption with your entire cast. No more lined-out, worn-out script books.


The app includes the full text of all Shakespeares plays and sonnets. No unlocking or downloading required. Its all there from the start.

Start reading from Act 1 Scene 1, or navigate to particular scenes with a couple of taps. A list of characters will show you how many words each part is assigned, then you can view only that characters lines with short cue lines to give you context and prompts.


Start with the full text, then hide parts of your lines until youre confident you can do the whole thing without prompting.

To be or not to be

To b_ or n__ t_ be

__ __ __ not __ be

If you cant remember a line, just tap it to see the full text again.

The app also comes with a collection of popular monologues to help you with audition preparation. Add a character, monologue, or sonnet to a collection of favorites so you can quickly navigate to your roles.


Chances are that your Shakespeare performance is an abridged version of the original. If youre directing, the app makes it easy to create your own adaptation. With a swipe, delete or reorder entire acts or lines of dialog. Fine tune your edits by directly editing the dialog text.

None of your edits damage the original play, so you can cut and reorder without fear of doing irreparable damage. When you start editing, the app creates a copy so that the original is left untouched.


If youre a director or dramaturge, you can distribute your adaptation to your entire cast or audience. An in-app purchase will allow you to upload your work to the cloud so that your cast can install it in their own apps by using a unique five-letter access code. Memorization and navigation features will work for your adaptation just like any other script in the app. If you make further changes to the script, your subscribers scripts will update automatically. Your script will also be available at for any cast member to access with your code.

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Release October 11, 2020
Date Added October 11, 2020

Operating Systems

Operating Systems iOS
Additional Requirements Requires iOS 11.4 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.


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