SAN FRANCISCO, April 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- April 23, 2016 will mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death and Shakespeare theatres all over the world will be celebrating this momentous occasion in many ways. PlayShakespeare.com will join that global event.
Back when the Shakespeare app was created in July 2008 and went live on the Apple App Store right after the store was launched, it was the only Shakespeare app available. It was a breakthrough in combining technology with liberal arts and literature. Carrying around large tomes of the Complete Works of Shakespeare was no longer necessary. Quality editions of all of Shakespeare's writings from PlayShakespeare.com were now in a portable and searchable format in your pocket.
In 2009, PlayShakespeare.com co-organized with Apple a special reading of Macbeth at the Apple Store in San Francisco. Professional actors did a reading off their iPhones before an ecstatic live audience, the first time the marriage of performance and portable technology had ever happened.
Since that time, the Shakespeare Pro app has grown to become the must-have app for students, teachers, actors, directors, theatre professionals and aficionados. With over 8 million downloads, it has a worldwide reach. The app currently includes Shakespeare's entire First Folio (in original spelling), the industry standard Shakespeare's Words glossary (by David and Ben Crystal), note-taking with shareable notebooks, power search to find the exact phrase you're looking for, and BardFind™ to locate any Shakespeare theatre or venue anywhere in the world.
Priced at $9.99, the app is less expensive than a printed complete works edition, and even more cost effective when you consider the added price of the Shakespeare's Words glossary, a First Folio facsimile, and the wealth of other information in the app. Also included in the Shakespeare Passport (www.shakespearepassport.com), the best way to get freebies and discounts at participating Shakespeare venues and events all over the world.
Normally $9.99, for 24 hours the Apple iOS app will be only $.99 to celebrate the anniversary. The Android app is free.
PlayShakespeare.com creates smart apps for literary and theatre lovers, including the Soliloquy app (http://bit.ly/soliloquypro). The PlayShakespeare.com website is the ultimate free Shakespeare resource with news, reviews, discussion forum, and more.