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Shakespeare In Bits: Macbeth iPad Edition

By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

An extraordinary study aid for mature-themed play.

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SHAKESPEARE IN BITS: MACBETH delivers the original play, divided into digestible "bits" with translation, analysis, summaries, and notes. But what really makes this app shine is a fully animated version of the tragedy that runs beside the text. Therefore, not only can you read the complete unabridged Macbeth, but you can also watch the nearly three hour play of it, voiced by professional actors Stephen Dillane (King Arthur) as Macbeth and Fiona Shaw (Harry Potter) as Lady Macbeth. When the play is running, the text is highlighted, so you can easily follow along -- or pause at any time to click on a word or phrase to get the modern English translation. You can also skip back or fast forward to various acts and scenes.

This handy app also has a biography section so you can read up on each character, along with a relationship map that shows the links between characters.

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