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450th Shakespeare's Birthday!


23rd April
Shakespeare's 450th Birthday

We know what we are, but know not what we may be.
William Shakespeare 

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

English writer of plays and poems, born in Stradford - on - Avon in England, who is generally regarded
as the greatest of all English writers. His many famous plays include:

  • the tragedies - Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, Hamlet, Macbeth, Othello, King Lear.
  • the comedies - A Midsummer Night's Dream, Twelfth Night, As You Like It
  • the historical plays - Richard III, Henry V.

Many well-known English sayings come from Shakespeare's work, and had a great influence on the English language and English literature. Most schoolchildren in the UK study Shakespeare's plays as part of their English studies. His work is known for its understanding of the way people think and feel, as well as for its beautiful language. Shakespeare also wrote poetry and worked as an actor at the Globe Theatre in London, which has been rebuilt as an exact copy of the original theatre. He married Anne Hathaway in 1582 and they had three children. He is buried at Stratford - on - Avon, and the houses where he lived can be visited there, as well as the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, where his plays are regularly performed.

The text was taken from Longman Dictionary of English Language and Culture


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