“To Be, or Not to Be, That is the Question”

What do you think of when you hear that question?  Could it be Shakespeare?  Then you are correct.  William Shakespeare wrote Hamlet in 1602, and this is the opening phrase spoken by Prince Hamlet (Act III, Scene I) and perhaps the best known line from all drama or literature.

This week is about Shakespeare and is a national annual celebration dedicated to one of the world’s most famous playwrights.  The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is an independent charity that promotes the enjoyment and understanding of Shakespeare’s works, life, and times all over the world and sponsors this event.  Over 12,000 primary schools in the UK are planning events and engaging in activities such as performances and crafts to commemorate Shakespeare’s legacy.  Although, it is not widely recognized in the United States this week, there is a “National Talk Like Shakespeare Day” on April 23rd, which observes Shakespeare’s birthday.

When to celebrate Shakespeare is inconsequential.  The important thing is to encourage people to appreciate his work, legacy, and motivate and inspire teachers to open up the world of Shakespeare to their classes.  The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust believes that Shakespeare is not only for all time, but for everyone.

Re-experience Shakespeare today by checking out these resources… After all, “Nothing Can Come of Nothing” (King Lear, Act 1.1).

Bellevue University E-Catalog

Shakespeare Week

Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

Teaching Shakespeare Around the World

Shakespeare Pinterest Page

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