Shakespeare and Saddlebags

How Shakespeare's plays won over the original gold-diggers of the Wild West

An interactive story app about Shakespeare’s allure during the first great Gold Rush

In this adventure, we’re going back to 1850s California – just as gold has been discovered. Thousands of people from all walks of life are heading west, hoping to strike it rich. Many entertainers are also making the journey west, hoping to profit from the flood of new settlers arriving in the area.

And that’s where you come in…

When you download the app onto your iPad (from the Apple store) you’ll be quickly transported to the wild west where a troupe of travelling actors are hoping to clean up from the newly wealthy audiences of the Californian gold fields. With just a few taps of the screen, you then become a star in the story, helping the actors put on Shakespeare’s plays. But you’ll need help on the adventure.

So who will you surprise with this interactive story app?

Take me to the iPad App Store now 


Gold has just been discovered in the Californian hills.

A troupe of travelling actors is heading west, hoping to be a big hit with the gold hunters.

Along the way they entertain whoever they meet with their performances of Shakespeare's plays.

But they'll need help from you if they're going to be a success.

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