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Shakespeare's Legacy

Learn why Shakespeare is the most influential writer of all time and discover his massive contribution to the English language.

Photos from Shakespeare's Birthday
Photos from the Shakespeare Birthday Celebrations in Stratford-upon-Avon. Every year, Stratford welcomes visitors from all around the world to celebrate Shakespeare's Birthday.

Mary Arden's House
Our virtual Shakespeare tour takes you to Mary Arden's House, childhood home to Shakespeare’s mother.

Shakespeare's Stratford
Shakespeare’s Stratford has attracted literary-minded visitors for hundreds of years. Now, with our virtual tour of Shakespeare's Stratford-upon-Avon, you can join the pilgrimage or plan for your own visit. We guide you around all of the town's major Shakespeare-related landmarks … from his birthplace to his final resting pl

Holy Trinity Church
Shakespeare was buried in Holy Trinity Church, Stratford-upon-Avon, where you can still visit his grave and read his epitaph.

New Place
Shakespeare spent the last few years of his life in New Place – Stratford-upon-Avon's largest house which was pulled down in the 18th century.

Anne Hathaway's Cottage
Anne Hathaway's family home has been described as the UK's most romantic cottage – a well-deserved reputation with its timber beams, thatched roof, sprawling orchards and woodland walks.

Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust cares for a total of five Shakespeare-related houses in Stratford-upon-Avon including Shakespeare’s Birthplace.

Shakespeare's Birthplace
Shakespeare’s birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon has become a place of pilgrimage for the literary minded since the 18th century. Today, the house in Henley Street has been preserved by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and is open to the public.

Common Phrases Invented by Shakespeare
You have probably quoted Shakespeare thousands of times without realizing it. His writing lives on in our everyday language - testament to his powerful influence over the English language.

An Overview of Shakespeare's Legacy
Discover the phrases and words that Shakespeare introduced to the English language.

Shakespeare's Contribution to Theater
Shakespeare's legacy has impacted heavily on our theater and performance culture. This resource from the British Library looks at how the performance of Shakespeare's plays has changed and developed since his death.

Shakespeare's Influence on Modern Writers
This short video introduces you to the profound influence that Shakespeare has had on modern writers.

Shakespeare's Linguistic Influence
Shakespeare did more than just introduce new words to the language; he also shaped the linguistic patterns we use today. As this article notes, American English owes a particular debt to the Bard.

Shakespeare's Influence on Artists
Shakespeare Illustrated is a project that explores how artists and theater practitioners have influenced each other in their depictions and productions of Shakespeare's plays.

Shakespeare Birthday Celebrations 2011
This photo gallery documents the 2011 Shakespeare Birthday Celebrations in Stratford-upon-Avon, UK.

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