Voice's guide to Shakespeare400

In celebration of Shakespeare400 Ellen Orange brings you some of his best lines and a guide to help you celebrate this week.

Voice's guide to Shakespeare400

Saturday 23rd April 2016 is the 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare's death. Whether you are a huge fan or not we can't deny how important Shakespeare's contributions and influence on the arts have been. So check out what is going on, and how you can get involved!


There is loads you can watch to celebrate the Anniversary. The main event will be a live streamed celebration on BBC 2 at 8.30pm. If that's not really your thing and you just want to celebrate by watching some classic Shakespeare lines, then check out the BBC's collection of bard films which have been put onto iPlayer. If you really don't like the traditional plays then try a fun adaptation; The Lion King, She's the Man and 10 Things I Hate About You were all based on his plays.


Reading the plays and poetry seems like the obvious choice but there are loads of other ways to celebrate with books! Try reading an adaptation of his works, there are loads out there but the Hogarth Press Shakespeare Retold series has leading authors such as Howard Jacobsen and Margaret Atwood writing novels from his plays.

Equally, reading site Goodreads is celebrating with a range of posts, they kicked of the week with some deleted scenes written by top authors so it is well worth checking out.


The BBC's Shakespeare Me is an interactive tool which brings Shakespeare into the modern world. Choose emojis to tailor your quote, which creates a very instagrammable image!

In Person

If you are keen to go to an event checkout the dedicated Shakespeare400 website to search or see the Guardian's guide for something near you.

Check out some of our top Shakespeare lines in the video below!


Ellen Orange

Ellen Orange Contributor

I am a 24 year old Marketing Officer from the North East with a passion for arts and writing. I did a BA in English Literature and an MA in Twentieth and Twenty First Century Literature at Durham University, because I love books and reading! I have experience in writing for a variety of student publications, as well as having contributed to Living North, a regional magazine and Culture magazine, a supplement to regional newspaper, The Journal. I have been part of a Young Journalists scheme writing for NewcastleGateshead's Juice Festival, a young people's arts and culture festival, and have since become a Team Juice member. As well as reading and writing, I love theatre, photography and crafts.

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