Possessing universal appeal, Shakespeare is a truly global presence. He has contributed more words and phrases to the English language than any other writer, and his plays are studied by 50% of the world's children. Shakespeare was a genius, creating plays that appeal to everyone. Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Midsummer Nights Dream, Hamlet, King Lear are classics of world literature. Writing at the end of the sixteenth and beginning of the seventeenth centuries, Shakespeare attracted the attention of Queen Elizabeth and her successor, James I. His players became the premier acting troupe, regularly performing at Court. Sometimes there was controversy - including possible involvement in the Earl of Essex's rebellion. This book looks at his life and work, and the influence Shakespeare continues to have on all forms of literature, art, drama and film. He has even been linked to Star Trek and Dr Who. It details places you can visit that are linked to William Shakespeare such as his birthplace, Holy Trinity Church, Charlecote Park and the Globe Theatre. The book shows how Shakespeare's have become so influential and how he has been portrayed on film. You can visit film locations including Holkham beach, Broughton Castle and Hatfield House.

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