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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.
A Midsummer Night's Dream. Garsington Opera and the Royal Shakespeare Company

The RSC and Garsington Opera collaborate at the Southbank Centre’s Festival of Love

This summer Garsington Opera and the Royal Shakespeare Company will bring its sell-out production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream to London’s Southbank Centre.

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Shakespeare’s heritage organisations

In the run up to the Bard’s birthday, we take a look at the stellar British organisations that work to keep his spirit alive

The gardens of Shakespeare’s England

This summer discover the beautiful gardens around the regions that make up Shakespeare’s England. Take our photo tour to find out more…

Shakespeare’s plays in chronological order

Discover each and every one of Shakespeare’s 37 plays and the year that they were first performed.

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Shakespeare voted England’s biggest claim to fame

Shakespeare has nabbed the number one spot in Visit England’s Hall of Fame, just in time for his 450th birthday.

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Happy 450th birthday William Shakespeare

This year marks the official birthday of the Bard of Avon and his hometown will hold its annual Shakespeare celebrations from 26-27 April.

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Shakespeare’s life: a timeline

To mark the 400 anniversary of the death of Shakespeare, we have put together a timeline of the life and times of the great British playwright.

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BRITAIN’S Top 10…William Shakespeare phrases

Read our top 10 Shakespeare expressions, and if you disagree with any of our choices then fear not, there’s method in our madness.

Celebrating Shakespeare

Marking 450 years since the birth of playwright William Shakespeare, 2014 will be a year of celebrations in London.

Britain’s literary legacy

Britain has a rich literary heritage, with its beautiful countryside and fascinating villages, towns and cities.

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