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William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare

Sunday is the anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare in 1616 and possibly his birth in 1564, so it seems fitting for Claire to do a talk on him and to also share other resources on the Bard.

In summer 2015, Claire visited Holy Trinity Church, Stratford-upon-Avon, and you can click here to watch her talk on it.

Each year, there are celebrations in Stratford-upon-Avon to celebrate Shakespeare's birthday and you can find out more at The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington (USA) also celebrates the Bard's birthday - see

Further reading


Visit the Shakespeare properties

Authorship question

One of my favourite soliloquies is the "To be or not to be" one from Hamlet so here are a few versions. Note that the Ben Crystal one is using OP (original pronunciation):

I also love Baz Luhrmann's film of Romeo and Juliet with Claire Danes and Leonardo di Caprio, and my favourite actor and character in that version is Mercutio:

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