6 Things You Didn’t Know About Shakespeare

6 Things You Didn't Know About Shakespeare

William Shakespeare, the famous British dramatist, whose lines have been recycled by the young and old, popular culture and film industries in countries around the world was born on April 23, 1564. While we all know he was called the Bard, what else do we know about Shakespeare? Here is a list of things to get you started!

1. Shakespeare was married to Anne Hathaway!

The Bard’s wife shares the name with the famous actress of The Devil Wears Prada fame. Yes, Shakespeare was certainly married to a woman with a celebrity name!

2. Execution in the family

William Arden, a relative of Shakespeare’s mother, was arrested for plotting against Queen Elizabeth I. Needless to say, he was imprisoned and later on executed.

3. Directors are obsessed with Shakespeare

It’s not just literary circles who can’t get enough of this playwright. Directors round the world are obsessed with him too. Shakespeare’s plays have been adapted into movies in Hollywood, British cinema, Bollywood and Japanese cinema, just to name a few. Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Twelfth Night – the list of plays adapted are endless.

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