What was Shakespeare Lives?

Shakespeare Lives was a year-long global program of events and activities celebrating William Shakespeare’s work on the 400th anniversary of his death in 2016. The program was run by the British Council and the GREAT Britain campaign and celebrated Shakespeare as a playwright for all people and all nations. More than 140 countries took part in the festivities, with people experiencing Shakespeare through film screenings, exhibitions, performances and in schools, alongside a program of unique online collaborations.

Online resources produced as part of Shakespeare Lives remain available. This includes innovative short films inspired by Shakespeare, digital platforms that allow you to “remix” the plays, and educational resources for schools and English language learners of all ages, in the UK and around the world.

Discover more about Shakespeare Lives and explore the full set of resources here.

Join the global conversation on social media with #ShakespeareLives.

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