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William Shakespeare

Born: Stratford-upon-Avon, UK

Born on April 23, 1564, William Shakespeare was baptized on April 26, 1564, in Stratford-upon-Avon, England. From roughly 1594 onward he was an important member of the Lord Chamberlain's Men Company of theatrical players. Written records give little indication of the way in which Shakespeare's professional life moulded his artistry. All that can be deduced is that over the course of 20 years, Shakespeare wrote plays that capture the complete range of human emotion and conflict.

Shakespeare Lives through British Council

What is Shakespeare Lives? Shakespeare Lives is an unprecedented global programme of events and activities celebrating William Shakespeare's work on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of his death in 2016. It is an invitation to the world to join in the festivities by participating in a unique online collaboration and experiencing the work of Shakespeare directly on stage, through film, exhibitions and in schools. It will run throughout 2016, exploring Shakespeare as a living writer who still speaks for all people and nations.

Learn through Shakespeare
Shakespeare Lives Schools' Pack

The Shakespeare Lives schools' pack has been created by the British Council in partnership with the Royal Shakespeare Company to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death in 2016.  The pack celebrates Shakespeare as a writer who still speaks for all people and nations, addressing big questions and themes about the human experience and what it means to be a citizen in the twenty-first century. This pack encourages teachers and pupils to engage with some of the key issues, themes and ideas in Shakespeare's plays, and to explore the ways they remain relevant and current in our lives today, wherever we are in the world.

Do you know how many plays Shakespeare wrote? Watch and find out! William Shakespeare is one of our 'Shakespeare Lives' videos, about his life and some of his most famous plays.

Get Involved

Play Your Part as one of Shakespeare's most iconic characters. Record a video of your favourite quote from your favourite Shakespeare play. You can share your video on social media using #PlayYourPart and share the link with us. The best players could also win a surprise!

Visit British Council Mumbai and check out our Shakespeare wall! The wall lets you download digital editions of Shakespeare's sonnets and plays by scanning the QR-code.

Click here to sign up to our mailing list and get invites to events Celebrating 400 years of Shakespeare!

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