Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Happy 450th Birthday, William Shakespeare!


This year marks the 450th birthday of William Shakespeare, perhaps the best writer ever. The author of  lots of literature landmarks like Hamlet, King Lear, Othello or Macbeth was born in late April 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon, a small and beautiful town in central England. In the next months hundreds of events will be happening mainly in Stratford and London but also across the UK and all over the world to commemorate his birthday.

William Shakespeare is really important within Workshop Undergrounding London. The 5th workshop in the project focuses on him with plenty of activities: from reading texts and poems to browsing through The Globe Theatre's website. Our pupils are given the chance to find out about his life and work while they improve their English. And their feedback is good: they really enjoy the workshop and admit they are glad to learn about such an icon of worldwide culture. Our artwork designer, Carmen Teresa Hidalgo, created a few wonderful drawings to illustrate the different activities. One of them is the picture above: don't you think it is pretty nice?

Let me finish this post with a couple of the most beautiful lines ever written in a poem. They definitely portray what happens to Shakespeare, who will live forever through his works, which are read and versioned again and again by all kinds of artists. Happy birthday, William!

"So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
so long lives this, and this gives life to thee"