Shakespeare wrote 154 sonnets, which were collected and published posthumously in 1609.
“Beware the ides of March” is part of Julius Caesar (Act 1, scene 2). Caesar, the Roman emperor, appears before the crowd in the streets when the soothsayer issues his famous warning. The “ides” of March is the fifteenth; the importance of the ides of March is that it is the day Julius Caesar will be assassinated by a group of conspirators, including Brutus and Cassius.
Anne Hathaway (1556 – 6 August 1623) was the wife of William Shakespeare. They were married in 1582.
Two households, both alike in dignity,
in fair Verona, where we lay our scene…
The families of Romeo and Juliet, the Montagues and the Capulets, were two important aristocratic families of Verona.
Hag-Seed was published in October 2016 as a modern retelling of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest. The novel was part of Hogarth Shakespeare series by Random House. In this project, well-known novelists re-tell a selection of Shakespeare’s plays.
We have six surviving versions of Shakespeare’s signature.
They are all different. He wrote: Willm Shakp, Wm Shakspe, Willm Shakspere, William Shaksper, Willm Shakspere, William Shakespere, and William Shakespeare. The last version, taken from his will in 1616 is the version we use today. So now, you can forgive yourself if you still spell Shakespeer incorrectly!
Adam Shulman, who bears a striking resemblance to William Shakespeare, has never played Shakespeare, but it’s interesting to know that he is the husband of Anna Hathaway, actor who shares name with Shakespeare’s wife.
Mathew Bayton, Kenneth Branagh and Joseph Fiennes played Shakespeare in Bill (2015), All is True (2018) and Shakespeare in Love (1998), respectively.
You can find this popular saying in in Act 2, scene 6 of The Merchant of Venice. Jessica says, “Love is blind, and lovers cannot see the pretty follies that themselves commit.”
The expression “To play devil’s advocate” came out in the Medieval period when Church was at the centre of everything. Devil’s advocate is a translation of the Latin ‘advocatus diaboli’. It was title given to the official appointed by the Roman Catholic church to argue against the proposed canonisation of a saint by bringing up all that was unfavourable to the claim.
“One fell swoop” (Macbeth), “in a pickle” (The Tempest), and “wild goose chase” (Romeo and Juliet) are all Shakespeare’s coinage.
It’s argued in literacy circles that Christopher Marlowe could be the original writer of some of Shakespeare’s masterpieces.
Christopher Marlowe is considered as a possible writer of some of Shakespeare’s best work. Marlowe, who is known for writing plays including Doctor Faustus, was first suspected of contributing to Henry VI Parts I, II and III. Some researchers have verified Marlowe’s contribution strongly and clearly enough. So now the two playwrights will jointly appear on the title pages for the Henry VI plays in New Oxford Shakespeare. This marks the first time Marlowe has received an official credit.
The bare stages of Shakespeare’s day had little or no scenery except for objects required by the plot, like a throne, a grave, or a bed. No money was spent on props and fancy costumes.
And it’s true that only men could perform because women were not permitted to act onstage; Juliet, Rosalind, Lady Macbeth, and Cleopatra were first played by boys.
Audience was allowed to drink and snack on a variety of foods as they watched the plays.
Since the theatre were open air and used natural light, plays had to be performed in the daylight.
Approximately 750 feet (230 m) from the site of the original theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe - the modern reconstruction of Globe - was opened for theatrical activities in 1998.