What is Shakespeare 400?
April 23, 1616: William Shakespeare died in Stratford-upon-Avon in England, and his legacy began.
Around the globe, theaters, universities, museums and schools will celebrate the plays and sonnets and their impact from Renaissance England to the entire world today.
The English-Speaking Union, a leader in Shakespeare education in America, celebrates this legacy through the hundreds of thousands of students, teachers and members who have participated in our National Shakespeare Competition, workshops and classes for educators in the US and UK, and lectures and events across the country.
Please join us for these events and more in 2016
- National Shakespeare Competition
Students compete in school competitions in the fall and winter, seeking a spot at the National Competition in New York City in Spring 2016.
- Teaching Shakespeare Workshops
One-day workshops sponsored by ESU Branches across the country teach teachers, in a dynamic up-on-your-feet way, about Shakespeare's language, the First Folio, and how to engage all students in the Bard's texts.
- British Universities Summer School
Study this summer at Shakespeare's Globe in London or at Oxford (and, of course, you'll have the chance to walk in Shakespeare's footsteps with a visit to nearby Stratford-upon-Avon).
- Evelyn Wrench Speaker Program
Paul Edmondson, Head of Research and Knowledge, at Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford-upon-Avon, will visit the ESU West Coast Branches. Andrea Mays, economics professor and author, will speak in Kansas City and New Orleans about industrialist, Henry Folger, and his obsessive search for Shakespeare's First Folio.
- International Tours
Discover the Bard's homeland on one of our travel opportunities: Shakespeare Rediscovered and Town & Country Life in the English Countryside, Oxford and Cotswolds