List of Shakespearean settings
Jump to navigation Jump to search
- 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.
- 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".
- Alexandria and Rome are the two main settings of the tragedy Antony and Cleopatra.
- 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.
- Bangor, Wales was the setting for scene I of William Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part 1.
- Baynard's Castle
- The hospital of Bedlam is mentioned in "Pat!—he comes, like the catastrophe of the old comedy//my cue//is villainous melancholy, with a sigh like Tom o' Bedlam" King Lear, 1.2.
- Belmont, the home of Portia in The Merchant of Venice. Its present-day location has been much debated.
- Birnam Wood appears in: "Macbeth shall never vanquished be until // Great Birnam wood to high Dunsinane hill // Shall come against him." Macbeth, 4.1.
- Bosworth; The Battle of Bosworth Field is the climax of Richard III. On the eve of the battle, the king is haunted by the ghosts of his many victims.
- Bury St Edmunds
- Canon Street is the setting for Act 4, scene VI of the play Henry VI, Part 2.
- The plays that William Shakespeare saw in Coventry during his boyhood or 'teens' may have influenced how his plays, such as Hamlet, came about.
- 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.
- Eastcheap Hal and Falstaff frequent The Boar's Head Tavern on Eastcheap in Henry IV Part One.
- Ely House is the London residence of John of Gaunt, father of Henry IV, and the place where he gives the famous "This England" speech before dying.
- Gaultree Forest was referred to in Shakespeare's play Henry IV, Part 2.
- 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."
- Inverness in Macbeth
- Jerusalem Chamber appeared in scene IV of Shakespare's Henry IV, Part 2. 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.
- 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." 
- Middleham Castle
- Milford Haven is the Welsh port which Innogen travels to in Cymbeline in the belief that her husband Posthumus will meet her when, in fact, he has sent her to be murdered by Pisanio following Iachimo's lies about her fidelity to Posthumus. It is near Milford Haven that she is unknowingly reunited with her lost brothers, Guiderius and Arviragus, while disguised as a boy, Fidele.
- Mortimer's Cross
- Pentapolis is where Pericles meets and marries Thaisa, the daughter of King Simonides.
- Pomfret Castle
- Salisbury. Earl of Salisbury appears as a faithful lord to King Richard in the play Richard II. The character appears in the act II scene IV and act III scene II.
- Sandal Castle
- Savoy Palace. The former home of John of Gaunt, attacked by Jack Cade's rebels in Henry VI, Part 2: "So, sirs: now go some and pull down the Savoy;/ others to the inns of court; down with them all." 
- St Albans
- Swinstead Abbey was an abbey in Lincolnshire. In King John, the orchard is the scene of the death agonies of King John, supported by his Barons. In the actual history, it is Swineshead Abbey that King John visited, and the confusion of Swinstead and Swineshead was common in the late-sixteenth century.
- Temple Garden This is the location in which red and white roses are picked to represent the houses of Lancaster and York in Henry VI Part 1 
- Tewkesbury; The Battle of Tewkesbury is referenced in "We are advertis'd by our loving friends//That they do hold their course toward Tewkesbury." King Henry VI, Part 3, 5.3. The battle is also mentioned several times in Richard III.
- Tower of London Most notably, the Tower is the location of the murder of young Edward V and his brother, Richard, Duke of York, on the orders of their uncle Richard III.
- Troy is the hometown of the main characters in the Shakespearean tragedy Troilus and Cressida.
- Warkworth Castle
- Westminster Abbey
- Westminster Palace Westminster Hall, the last remaining building of the old palace, is the site of the powerful and controversial deposition scene in Richard II (play) where Richard hands his crown to his cousin, Henry Bolingbroke (Henry IV). "My crown I am; but still my griefs are mine:/You may my glories and my state depose,/But not my griefs; still am I king of those". Part of the Richard II segment of Shakespeare's Globe's Complete Walk to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death was filmed in the Hall. 
- J. Madison Davis; Professor of Journalism Professional Writing Program J Madison Davis; Daniel A. Frankforter (2 August 2004). The Shakespeare Name Dictionary. Routledge. pp. 301–. ISBN 978-1-135-87572-5.
- "SCENE VII. Another part of the field". shakespeare.mit.edu.
- "SCENE I. Bangor. The Archdeacon's house". mit.edu. Retrieved 9 May 2016.
- "SCENE VI. London. Cannon Street". shakespeare.mit.edu.
- 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)
- "SCENE IV. The Boar's-Head Tavern, Eastcheap". shakespeare.mit.edu.
- "SCENE I. Ely House". shakespeare.mit.edu.
- "SCENE I. Yorkshire. Gaultree Forest". mit.edu. Retrieved 9 May 2016.
- Weston, W.J. (2012). North Riding of Yorkshire. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-1-107-62244-9.
- 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)
- "Henry VI, part 2: Entire Play". shakespeare.mit.edu.
- "SCENE IV. Westminster. The Jerusalem Chamber". mit.edu. Retrieved 9 May 2016.
- Bramley, Zoe. The Shakespeare Trail: A Journey into Shakespeare's England. Amberley Publishing Limited. ISBN 9781445646855.
- ":|: Open Source Shakespeare". www.opensourceshakespeare.org.
- ":|: Open Source Shakespeare". www.opensourceshakespeare.org.
- 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.
- "SCENE I. Westminster Hall". shakespeare.mit.edu.
- "Shakespeare's Globe The Complete Walk: Richard II, Shakespeare Lives". BBC.