Resources for Actors
Standard Edited Editions of Shakespeare's Plays
(No links here; just search for the play title and the edition (such as "King Lear" "Arden") on Amazon. These are the edited editions we usually refer to when preparing for a show.)
The New Cambridge Shakespeare
The Oxford Shakespeare
Norton Critical Editions
Best place to find folio and quarto editions (including facsimiles):
University of Victoria's Internet Shakespeare Editions
Go to https://internetshakespeare.uvic.ca/Library/plays.html and hover over "Texts" in the upper menu.
(Or Google the title of the play you want and "first folio." Click on the uvic site that comes up. From there you can find Quartos, facsimiles, etc.)
Modern "translations" of Shakespeare's plays
(Good for checking basic understanding, but these tend to simplify possible multiple meanings and pass over details)
No Fear Shakespeare
Shakespeare Made Easy series
Places to watch Shakespeare theatre productions online
Regularly updated with new, high-quality productions from the RSC, the Globe, the Old Vic, and other theatres, mostly in the UK.
Especially wide Shakespeare selections and price for educational institutions and teachers.
Monthly streaming subscription
Mostly includes one production per Shakespeare play. Updated with a few new ones each year. You pay to download the video file.
National Theatre Live
Live broadcasts of productions from the National Theatre in London, only available to be watched when they are being screened in theaters. It is impossible to find full videos of these productions outside of screenings, but they do release interviews, trailers, and scenes from the productions on their site and on Youtube, which can give insights into the productions.
North American productions, mostly musicals. Overall, the site's selection isn't necessarily of the highest-quality shows. Includes Shakespeare productions from Stratford, Ontario, old BBC Shakespeare productions, etc.). A rare place to see quality Shakespeare in North American accents. Playback might be slow.
Monthly streaming subscription. I believe it's also possible to subscribe to them through Amazon, which might have better playback speeds.
BBC's 2016 "Shakespeare Lives" programming:
Including clips from Talawa Theatre Company's production of King Lear:
(The full production used to be available.)
A few favorite general resources on acting
How to Stop Acting, by Harold Guskin
Patsy Rodenburg - The Second Circle
Patsy Rodenburg - Why I do Theatre
Patsy Rodenburg on the Power of Presence
General resources for developing knowledge of Shakespeare
Shakespeare's Words (website), by David and Ben Crystal (paid subscription, but very affordable)
Shakespeare's Words (book), by David and Ben Crystal
Shakespeare on Toast, by Ben Crystal
Thinking Shakespeare, by Barry Edelstein
Playing Shakespeare (video series), John Barton, RSC (9 episodes)
This series tends to get taken down from Youtube from time to time and then reappear, so the links may become unavailable.)
Episode 1: The Two Traditions https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2VnxiW3oqk
Episode 2: Using The Verse https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3rMaHqH2TE
Episode 3: Language & Character https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4V18sryRXik
Episode 4: Set Speeches & Soliloquies https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWt54ABOdzg
Episode 5: Irony & Ambiguity https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2VVD6pND1g
Episode 6: Passion & Coolness https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IiUe9vnibnQ
Episode 7: Rehearsing A Text https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6t-HrRaqsXI
Episode 8: Exploring A Character https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwRj8B1dXfk
Episode 9: Poetry & Hidden Poetry https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qAHJnjYqTik
Playing Shakespeare: An Actor's Guide, by John Barton (book--basically a transcript of the video series. Good for quick reference after watching the video series.)
South Bank Show Special - Word of Mouth RSC (1979)
Tomorrow, and tomorrow -- Ian McKellen analyzes Macbeth speech (1979) (Clip from the South Bank Show Special)
Ian McKellen "Acting Shakespeare" (McKellan's touring solo show)
John Barton "The Shakespeare Sessions" 2003 (Masterclass with American actors)
SOME NOTES ON ACTING SHAKESPEARE (OR HOW TO READ SHAKESPEARE LIKE AN ACTOR)
Brave Spirits Theatre’s TEXT ANALYSIS GUIDE
Brave Spirits Theatre, other resources
American Shakespeare Center Study Guides
Designed for educators, but interesting for actors as well.
Creative Shakespeare: The Globe Education Guide to Practical Shakespeare (Arden Shakespeare)
Designed for education, but based on rehearsal techniques and exercises developed at Shakespeare's Globe in London