Toronto-based Shakespeare at Play has launched an iOS app that combines Shakespear's classic text with video and multi-touch technology on the iPad and iPhone.
Shakespeare at Play takes the intimidation out of learning a 400-year-old text by including easy-to-understand annotations and audio introductions to each scene by the University of Toronto’s Noam Lior, as well as a custom glossary of terms for words and phrases that don’t appear in the iOS dictionary.
“Products like Shakespeare at Play provide us with new tools for negotiating the tension between being faithful to the original plays and being accessible to a modern audience,” notes Lior. “It also helps us to demonstrate the visual and physical aspects of the play that are so easily lost on the page.”
“Shakespeare is not meant to be read, it is meant to be performed,” said Tim Chisholm, founder of Shakespeare at Play. With Shakespeare at Play’s iOS app, the reader can watch full-length productions of Shakespeare’s plays while scrolling along with the accompanying text.
The app itself is free to download, but each play within the app costs $3.99.