William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare

Born – 23rd April 1564 – Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire – exact date unknown, this is the date most associated with his birth

Died – 23rd April 1616 – Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

 

Today marks 400 years since the English poet, playwright, and actor William Shakespeare died. William is often referred to as ‘Bard of Avon’ and is regarded as the greatest writer in the English language. The consensus is that over the course of his life, William wrote 39 plays and 154 sonnets, and two long narrative poems.

His plays can be split into three categories:-

Comedies

All’s Well That Ends Well, As You Like It, Comedy of Errors, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Measure for Measure, Merchant of Venice, Merry Wives of Windsor, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, Taming of the Shrew, Tempest, Twelfth Night, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Winter’s Tale.

Histories

Henry IV parts 1 and 2, Henry V, Henry VI parts 1, 2 and 3, Henry VIII, King John, Pericles, Richard II, Richard III

Tragedies

Antony and Cleopatra, Coriolanus, Cymbeline, Hamlet, Julius Caesar, King Lear, Macbeth, Othello, Romeo and Juliet, Timon of Athens, Titus Andronicus, Troilus and Cressida

 

English Literature

Many of his plays have been adapted for the ‘big screen’ over the years, including Gangster films, Comedies, Romances, Sci Fi and even Westerns.

Some of the more well-known versions include:-

As well as movies, his plays have been acted out on many stages across the world and his characters have been portrayed by some of the most famous actors that have ever lived.

 

English quote

Through his written work, it is estimated that William introduced a staggering 3,000 words into the English language and numerous everyday phrases that are still used today, including:-

Words

  • Accomodation – Othello
  • Cruelhearted – Two Gentleman of Venice
  • Eventful – As You Like It
  • Ladybird – Romeo and Juliet
  • Restoration – King Lear
  • Unchanging – The Merchant of Venice
  • Phrases

  • ‘Wild Goose Chase’ – Romeo and Juliet
  • ‘Knock Knock! Who’s there?’ – Macbeth
  • ‘Laughing stock’ – The Merry Wives of Winsor
  • ‘Good Riddance’ – Troilus and Cressida
  • ‘Forever and a day’ – As You Like It
  • ‘Heart of Gold’ – Henry V
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    You can find out more information about William Shakespeare and events that will be happening across the country to mark the 400 year anniversary of his death, by visiting – www.shakespearescelebrations.com

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