Happy Birthday William Shakespeare!

Even after 450 years, Shakespeare still has a strong impact and influential role in society and on people’s educational upbringing. 

Shakespeare has permeated the Western culture and around every corner is a reference to his incredible works. His intellectually rich stories and characters have influenced several books, movies and TV shows. Even our everyday language has been shaped by the common phrases he originally coined: dead as a doornail, a laughing stock, fair play, a wild goose chase, neither here nor there, in stitches, just to name a few. For a more complete list, check outhttp://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/phrases-sayings-shakespeare.html

For decades, Shakespeare has been the most frequently studied and performed playwright around the world. 

Shakespeare’s contemporary, Ben Jonson noted that, "He was not of an age, but for all time!" Four centuries later, Jonson’s words still ring true.

Here at the Festival, we are celebrating his birthday with our annual “Birthday Bash” for the school children of Iron County. Check back early next week for photos.

Happy birthday Will!

For information about our 2014 season, please visitwww.bard.org to learn about the plays and order tickets.