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.

Shakespeare’s plays in chronological order

We discover each and every one of Shakespeare’s plays and the year that they were first performed Shakespeare wrote 37 plays in his lifetime (conspiracy theorists aside), spanning the genres of tragedy, history, comedy and…

London from Southwark, c.1630. Old London Bridge is in the right foreground and old St Paul's Cathedral on the skyline to the left. This is one of the few remaining pictures showing the city before the Great Fire. photoS: Credit: Digital Image Library / Alamy

Discover Shakespeare’s London

Follow our guided tour from St Paul’s to London Bridge for a vivid glimpse of the city in Shakespearean times WORDS David Thomas Start at St Paul’s Station. Take exit two from the station and…

As You Like It

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre: As You Like It

Watching Shakespeare under the stars is an essential part of the London summer season. So what did our reviewer make of As You Like It?

Shakespeare’s Schoolroom marks a historic anniversary

Built in 1420, Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall – where the great playwright spent his early schooldays – has contributed richly to life in Stratford-upon-Avon and been witness to countless fascinating chapters of history.  However, as…

King James I (James VI of Scotland)

Who was James VI? How did he escape the Gunpowder Plot?

King James oversaw a relatively peaceful reign, despite Guy Fawkes trying to blow up the Houses of Parliament. He was King of Scotland as James VI from 1567 and King of England and Ireland as…

Anne Hathaway's cottage

Shakespeare’s gardens: in pictures

There’s more to Shakespeare’s home county of Warwickshire than Stratford-upon-Avon. Here we take a tour of some of its most splendid gardens, from the grounds of Compton Verney to Anne Hathaway’s cottage

shakespeare's new place

Shakespeare’s New Place is now open

This summer a new heritage attraction will open at Shakespeare’s New Place, on the site of the house that the playwright called home for the last 19 years

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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.

Tudor of the Month – William Shakespeare

With Tudor Times we profile a different figure every month. Here, Melita Thomas explores one of the most famous of them all, the Bard of Avon, William Shakespeare.

10 facts you didn't know about Shakespeare

BRITAIN’s top 10… Shakespeare facts

William Shakespeare is a part of the fabric of British life, but how much do you really know about the Bard, his life and plays? Here are 10 fascinating Shakespeare facts you might not know…