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William Shakespeare portrait. Shakespeare's legacy. Credit: Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

Shakespeare’s legacy

This year (2016) marks the 400th anniversary of the death of Shakespeare and across the world his legacy will be celebrated. Born in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, in 1564.
Shakespeare wrote at least 37 plays and coined hundreds of words and phrases that are still in common parlance today. He died on 23 April 1616 and is today widely regarded as the greatest playwright in history.
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BRITAIN’s top 10… Shakespeare 400 events in 2016

We’ve picked out 10 of the biggest and best Shakespeare 400 events in the UK and around the world, from free online courses to amazing exhibitions, so you can celebrate the Bard wherever you are.

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Shakespeare on screen

A host of star names are onboard to celebrate the bard as part of the BBC Shakespeare Festival marking the 400th anniversary of this death.

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As Kenneth Branagh’s yearlong season in the West End’s Garrick Theatre continues, we review his seasonal programme, including The Winter’s Tale starring Judi Dench.

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King Richard II surrendered power to his cousin Henry Bolingbroke, who went on to reign as King Henry IV. We know him best as Shakespeare’s tragically vain ruler. But where does fact meet fiction?

Beautiful photos of Shakespeare’s England

To celebrate the Shakespeare 400 – the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death – we take a photographic tour of Shakespeare’s England with VisitBritain.

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