"Methought I heard a voice cry, 'Sleep no more!'"
Henry Stein quoting William Shakespeare[src]

William Shakespeare is a playwright on Earth-1.


At some point, William Shakespeare wrote the plays A Midsummer Night's Dream, Richard III,[1] and Hamlet.[2]


A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare

A Midsummer Night's Dream poster (on the far left) on the marquee of Fox Theatre bearing the name of Shakespeare on it.

In 1895, Shakespearean actor Henry Stein quoted Shakespeare while capturing Nate Heywood. He was also known to star in the play Richard III.[3]

In October 2012, Felicity Smoak referenced Hamlet when telling Oliver Queen she doesn't want to get involved in his potential "Shakespearean family drama". Oliver, not getting the reference, stated he didn't study Shakespeare in any of the four colleges he dropped out of.[2]

In 2014, A Midsummer Night's Dream was performed in Fox Theatre in Atlanta during the incident with a supposed viral outbreak (actually a possession by demon Mnemoth).[1]

In late 2018, Kara Danvers noticed that Kate Kane had a bust of William Shakespeare on her desk at Wayne Tower.[4]




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Behind the scenes

  • In the real world William Shakespeare (1654-1616) was an English poet, playwright, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist.
  • Anther episode of Constantine, "The Rage of Caliban" is titled after Caliban, a character from Shakespeare's play "The Tempest".


  1. 1.0 1.1 "A Feast of Friends"
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Lone Gunmen"
  3. "Return of the Mack"
  4. "Elseworlds, Part 2"
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