William Shakespeare is widely considered to be the greatest playwright in the English language and many of his plays continue to be hugely popular today. He completed a total of thirty-seven plays, ranging from comedies like The Merchant of Venice and Much ado about Nothing, to famous tragedies like Hamlet and Macbeth. Testament to his popularity is the fact that his work has been translated and performed in over eighty languages.

Shakespeare has been an important part of the Leaving Cert English course for many years. Each student at higher level must study at least one of his plays – either as a single text or as part of the comparative section of the course. The most popular plays to appear are usually the more famous of the tragedies: Othello; Macbeth; King Lear; and Hamlet.


Clicking on either of the images below will bring you to a page dedicated to that particular play.










Want to know more about the famous bard……..?

Read a short biography here

Not enough? Find out everything you might want to know about his life and times here



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The English Department @ Banagher College, Co. Offaly.
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