List of Shakespearean settings

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This article is an index of settings used in the plays of William Shakespeare.

Contents: A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | Y |

Settings in Britain
Settings in Britain and France
Settings elsewhere


  • Actium, a promontory in Greece. "Our overplus of shipping will we burn//And, with the rest full-mann'd//from the head of Actium//Beat the approaching Caesar" Antony and Cleopatra, III.VII.[1]
  • Agincourt The site of the defeat of the French by the heavily outnumbered English army in Henry V and the location of the St Crispin's Day speech. "Then call we this the field of Agincourt,/Fought on the day of Crispin Crispianus".[2]
  • Alexandria and Rome are the two main settings of the tragedy Antony and Cleopatra.
  • Angiers
  • Anjou
  • Antioch is the opening setting of the play Pericles, the Prince of Tyre where the eponymous hero meets King Antiochus and his daughter then evades death after solving the riddle that points to their incestuous relationship.
  • Antium
  • Athens
  • Auvergne



  • Canon Street is the setting for Act 4, scene VI of the play Henry VI, Part 2.[4]
  • Corioli
  • The plays that William Shakespeare saw in Coventry during his boyhood or 'teens' may have influenced how his plays, such as Hamlet, came about.[5]
  • Cyprus and Venice are the two main settings for Othello. Cyprus was formally annexed by Venice in 1489, and remained part of the Venetian Empire until 1570. The play was written in 1603.
  • "Cataian" (i.e. Cathay) a demonym often associated with China.[6]







  • Illyria is a region in western Balkan Peninsula where Shakespeare's most famous fictional comedy, Twelfth Night takes place. It is also mentioned in the Part 2 of Henry VI: "Being captain of a pinnace, threatens more // Than Bargulus the strong Illyrian pirate."[12]
  • Inverness in Macbeth


  • Jerusalem Chamber appeared in scene IV of Shakespare's Henry IV, Part 2.[13] The king is taken there to die to compensate for the fact he never made his promised crusade to Jerusalem itself.


  • Shakespeare used the tale of Henry V receiving the insulting gift of tennis balls from the French Dauphin at Kenilworth for dramatic effect in Henry V, Act 1, scene 2.[14]
  • Kent
  • Kimbolton


  • Leicestershire
  • London
  • Located in Cannon Street, the London Stone is an ancient stone of mythic origin that is bound up with London's fortunes. It was used as a place for proclamations to be read aloud to citizens of London. In Henry VI, Part 2, the rebel leader Jack Cade strikes his staff upon the stone and declares himself the new leader of the city; "And here, sitting/ upon London-stone, I charge and command that, of the/ city's cost, the pissing-conduit run nothing but/claret wine this first year of our reign." [4]












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  2. ^ "SCENE VII. Another part of the field".
  3. ^ "SCENE I. Bangor. The Archdeacon's house". Retrieved 9 May 2016.
  4. ^ a b "SCENE VI. London. Cannon Street".
  5. ^ Nicoll, edited by Allardyce (1976). Shakespeare in his own age (Repr. ed.). Cambridge [etc.]: Cambridge university press. ISBN 9780521291293.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
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  7. ^ "SCENE IV. The Boar's-Head Tavern, Eastcheap".
  8. ^ "SCENE I. Ely House".
  9. ^ "SCENE I. Yorkshire. Gaultree Forest". Retrieved 9 May 2016.
  10. ^ Weston, W.J. (2012). North Riding of Yorkshire. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-1-107-62244-9.
  11. ^ Humphreys, edited by A.R. (2005). The second part of King Henry IV (Repr. ed.). London: Arden Shakespeare. ISBN 1-904271-06-5.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  12. ^ "Henry VI, part 2: Entire Play".
  13. ^ "SCENE IV. Westminster. The Jerusalem Chamber". Retrieved 9 May 2016.
  14. ^ Bramley, Zoe. The Shakespeare Trail: A Journey into Shakespeare's England. Amberley Publishing Limited. ISBN 9781445646855.
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  17. ^ William Shakespeare, King John, the Arden Shakespeare 3rd Series, ed. Jesse M. lander and J.J.M. Tobin, Arden Shakespeare, 2019, p. 313, note 8.
  18. ^ "SCENE I. Westminster Hall".
  19. ^ "Shakespeare's Globe The Complete Walk: Richard II, Shakespeare Lives". BBC.