Search Shakespeare

Fast search for the complete plays, poems and sonnets of Shakespeare (including locations and stage directions) using texts from the PlayShakespeare project.

This app works offline!

Texts are downloaded automatically as you use them.

You can also manually download texts by clicking one of the Download all checkboxes.

Texts are removed when a checkbox is unchecked.

Link to texts and search results

As well as search, you can use the app to open texts or citations:

You can also link to search results:

Search options

There are several options for filtering search results:

  • Text name
  • Type of text (play, poem or sonnet)
  • Speaker
  • Speaker gender

Click on a word in a text to search for that word.

Feedback and feature requests

Feedback welcome!


App code on GitHub

This app is open source.

The code and data used by the app is available on GitHub:

Play and poem texts

© 2005-2016 Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this information under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.3 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation. Terms at

Please note that this is not an official Google product.


About Sam Dutton

I am a Developer Advocate for Google Chrome. I grew up in rural South Australia, went to university in Sydney, and have lived since 1986 in London, England. Twitter: @SW12
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