William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, in 1564. The date of his birth is not known but is traditionally 23 April, St George's Day. Aged 18, he married a Stratford farmer's daughter, Anne Hathaway. They had three children. Around 1585 William joined an acting troupe on tour in Stratford from London, and thereafter spent much of his life in the capital. A member of the leading theatre group in London, the Chamberlain's Men, which built the Globe Theatre and frequently performed in front of Queen Elizabeth I, Shakespeare wrote 36 plays and much poetry besides. He died in 1616.
A Friday poem for All Hallows from the Scottish Play.
A Friday poem from William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.
It may be over 400 years since his death but The Bard has still got a thing or two to teach you. Here’s some of our favourite quotes from Shakespeare’s plays on love, happiness and biscuits.
Our pick of some of the greatest book-to-movie adaptations of all time, all of which live up to, and in a few rare cases even surpass, their source material.
We’re celebrating three of the world’s greatest writers this month with beautiful new editions of classics by William Shakespeare, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Rudyard Kipling.