Skip to 0 minutes and 6 secondsWelcome to the final week of "Shakespeare and His World," a course presented by the University of Warwick in conjunction with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust here in Stratford-upon-Avon. You've joined me on an immensely long journey. We began 10 whole weeks ago with Shakespeare's birth and home here in Stratford. We followed him to London. We've seen him writing in so many different forms - history plays like Henry V comedies like The Merry Wives of Windsor and Merchant of Venice, tragedies like Macbeth and Othello.

Skip to 0 minutes and 45 secondsAnd we ended last week in the brave new world of The Tempest, that extraordinary vision both of the new world of the Americas but also of a world of magic and imagination, the play that Shakespeare's fellow actors, John Heminges and Henry Condell, put at the head of the first folio of his collected works when it was published in 1623, seven years after his death. What we're going to do to round off the course is explore how Shakespeare has changed down the ages since his death in 1616. 450 years after his birth, 400 after his death, Shakespeare is still alive. He's been translated into almost every language on the planet. He's performed in almost every country.

Skip to 1 minute and 39 secondsHe's studied by half the schoolchildren in the world. More books are written about him than about any other writer. He's had the most extraordinary influence on later art, whether it's painting or music or poetry. Ever since the 1700s, there has been what I want to call a cult of Shakespeare. And that's what we're going to explore in this last week. We're going to find out how the great 18th century actor, David Garrick, proclaimed himself Shakespeare's representative on earth and turned this little town of Stratford-upon-Avon into a tourist resort and a shrine to the memory of William Shakespeare. We're going to learn about Shakespeare in print, seeing the difference between how the plays were printed and how they were performed.

Skip to 2 minutes and 32 secondsWe're going to see how he was globalised, studied in schools, how he became set text for people who were going to go out to run the British empire, and how he then was translated and assimilated into many different cultures. And we're going to end up back in the birthplace at the moment where Shakespeare's birthplace became a place of pilgrimage. And we're going to find some very famous people making visits, the cult of Shakespeare.

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