Skip to 0 minutes and 6 secondsI just love Shakespeare. Always have, as a little kid too. He has the ability to show into the heart, into the soul of the human beings. They're kind of cross cultural, you know. Everyone and everywhere you go people put on Shakespearean shows. There's a timelessness to it.

Shakespeare fans in Stratford

Visitors come from all over the world to visit Stratford-upon-Avon.

Listen to these Shakespeare fans visiting Shakespeare’s birthplace and explaining why they love his work. Here are some of the things they mention:

  • I loved Shakespeare’s work - even as a child.
  • His plays capture the heart of human existence.
  • The plays reach across cultures and they are timeless.

Do you share any of these opinions? Or perhaps you think the speakers got it wrong!

In the comments below, say why you are a Shakespeare fan. If you’re unfamiliar with Shakespeare’s work, say what you hope to learn from this course.

  • What was your first experience of Shakespeare’s work?
  • What are your favourite plays?
  • Why do you think his work is still so popular today?

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Exploring English: Shakespeare

British Council