The RSC William Shakespeare Complete Works
Developed in partnership with the Royal Shakespeare Company, these editions, both the Complete Works of Shakespeare and the individual plays, combine exemplary textual scholarship with elegant writing and design. The texts are based on the 1623 First Folio, the original complete works lovingly assembled by Shakespeare’s fellow actors after the playwright’s death
William Shakespeare Complete Works Second Edition
Skillfully assembled by Shakespeare’s fellow actors in 1623, the First Folio was the original Complete Works—arguably the most important literary work in the English language. But starting with Nicholas Rowe in 1709 and continuing to the present day, Shakespeare editors have mixed Folio and Quarto texts, gradually corrupting the original Complete Works with errors and conflated textual variations.
The second edition of the Complete Works features annotations and commentary from Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen—two of today’s preeminent Shakespeare scholars—as well as cutting-edge textual design, on-page glossaries for contemporary readers, stage directions from RSC directors, a sixteen-page insert of photographs from RSC production shorts, a timeline of the plays and poems, and family trees for the Histories.
Combining innovative scholarship with brilliant commentary and textual analysis that emphasizes performance history and values, this landmark edition is indispensable to students, theater professionals, and general readers alike.