“The remarkable thing about Shakespeare is that he is really very good - in spite of all the people who say he is very good.”
– Robert Graves
The works of William Shakespeare have shaped the English language and the culture of English-speaking countries, and even in translation his plays are well-known around the world. On the 400th anniversary of Shakepeare’s death, our panel will discuss this influence on their own work and lives.
Actor and author Ben Crystal has played Hamlet on stage, heads up the Passion in Practice Ensemble which seeks to mimic the original pronunciation and techniques of Shakespeare’s time, and wrote Shakespeare on Toast: Getting a Taste for the Bard.
Holly Smale has an MA in Shakespeare and is outspoken about his universality and the need to teach his works as plays for everyone, not the elite. Holly’s love of the Bard is shared with Harriet Manners, star of Holly’s Geek Girl series.
Marcia Williams is on a mission to foster a love of Shakespeare in children, through her Tales from Shakespeare and her contribution to the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust’s Shakespeare Week, aimed at 5 to 11 year-olds.
Age Group: Adult