When most people hear or think of the words 'playwright' or 'poet', chances are that Shakespeare is the first name which springs to mind and if you're a literature lover, a movie maniac, a hopeless romantic or even none of the above, you will know the name. Whether it's a snapshot of the iconic Globe Theater, his birthplace, a real-life Shakespeare location or a play production on the other side of the world, join us and add your own Shakespeare-inspired images as we create the ultimate visual map exploring the life, the legend and the legacy of history's most famous playwright. A lesser-known fact about Shakespeare is that the word 'world' appears no fewer than 650 times across all of his plays, poems and sonnets. The legendary playwright was fascinated by the wider world and his international locations and casts included Viennese, Milanese, Venetians, Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, Moroccans and even a mysterious island believed to be somewhere in the Caribbean. In an almost ironic twist of fate, Shakespeare's legend has also spread across the world, making him an international icon, and with his work translated into no fewer than 80 languages, a Japanese Midsummer Night's Dream, a Mexican Hamlet or a Malaysian Merchant of Venice are now par for the literary course. Shakespeare continues to fascinate us and the works of the literary demigod are as much a part of today's popular culture as any other. The fact is that Shakespeare changed not only the English language, but the world as a whole and over 400 years since his death, we chart his life, his times, his work and a legacy gone truly global.
Nov 19 2015
Apr 18 2001
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM: The cast of the Umabatha Company rehearse The Zulu Macbeth on the stage of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London 18 April 2001. The cast of the Umabatha Company, made up from Zulus from South Africa, are touring with their performance of Macbeth and will play for 7 nights at The Globe. AFP PHOTO: Adrian DENNIS (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)
Aug 1 1989
Jan 31 1995
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 31: Master Thatcher Simon Glauert beats the final sheafs of corn into place as the semi-roof of the new Globe Theatre nears completion, 31 January 1995. The new Shakespeare's Globe Theatre is being rebuilt near the site of the original Globe, which was built in 1599 and destroyed by fire in 1613. The new Globe will be a celebration of Shakespeare's life and work - performances of his plays will be in the open air. (COLOR KEY: Helmet is orange.) AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read GERRY PENNY/AFP/Getty Images)
Apr 23 2014
Members of the cast of a new touring production of William Shakespeare's 'Hamlet' perform during a photocall at the Globe theatre in London on April 23, 2014. Shakespeare's Globe, the recreation of his wooden theatre on the banks of the River Thames in London, is launching a two-year tour of 'Hamlet' that will take in around 200 countries, The tour begins Wednesday at The Globe, and will finish with a performance at Elsinore Castle in Denmark, where the tale of deferred revenge is set. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)
Jul 16 2013
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 16: Audience members watch a production of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' in Shakespeare's Globe theatre on the Southbank of the River Thames on July 16, 2013 in London, England. The United Kingdom is experiencing a second week of heatwave conditions. . (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
Oct 27 2008
LONDON - OCTOBER 27: A thatcher working for Phil Campell, Master Thatchers, repairs part of thatched roof of the historic Globe Theatre on October 27 2008 in London, England. The restoration and repair work is part of a once every 10-15 year cycle to keep the traditional reeds used on the roof in good condition. The theatre was originally built during the reign of Elizabeth I but was rebuilt to the original design in 1997. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
Mar 9 2009
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 09: Senior Archaeologist Heather Knight stands on the site of what is thought to be London's first purpose built playhouse on March 9, 2009 in Shoreditch, London. Ms Knight looks at a curved line of bricks thought to be the inner wall next to where the audience would have stood. The location of this playhouse, called The Theatre, constructed in 1576 by James Burbage, has been confirmed by Museum of London Archaeology following investigation of the site - a disused warehouse - in Shoreditch east London. Shakespeare wrote and performed at The Theatre between 1594-7 and it is thought that Romeo and Juliet was premiered there. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
Oct 18 2014
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 18: Performers, hosts, and contestants wh took part in the Alternative Miss World Contest 2014 dance on stage at the Globe Theatre on October 18, 2014 in London, England. The event, first organised 42 years ago by the artist and sculptor Andrew Logan, offers an alternative to the traditional beauty pageant, being open to people of different genders and celebrates diversity and equality. This year's theme is 'Neon Numbers' and it is the first time in five years that the contest has been held. (Photo by Mary Turner/Getty Images)
Jul 2 1999
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM: Indian Kathakali performers from Kerala south India perform outside Shakespeare's Globe Theatre on the south bank of the Thames River in London 02 July 1999. They and five musicans will perform a Kathakali adaption of Shakespeare's King Lear in the theatre next week. AFP PHOTO/Patrick ANDERSON (Photo credit should read PATRICK ANDERSON/AFP/Getty Images)
Feb 2 2009
LONDON - FEBRUARY 02: An employee walks through snow inside Shakespeare's Globe theatre on London's Bankside on February 2, 2009 . The United Kingdom has suffered its heaviest snowfall since the 1990's. The heavy snow has disrupted many parts of the London transport network, and hundreds of school have been forced to close. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
Jan 17 2008
A view of the entrance of Juliette Capulet house in central Verona 17 January 2008. Italian officials reopened a lovers' shrine after blasting graffiti from the balcony where the heroine allegedly summoned her Romeo. Cleaners also removed hundreds of love notes stuck with bubble gum to walls at Juliette's House, believed to be the home of the heroine in William Shakespeare's classic tale of star-crossed lovers, 'Romeo and Juliet'.
May 4 1996
The cast of Shakespeare's best known tragedy, Hamlet, lead by British actor Andrew Mallet, walk down the steps of the Great Wall of China at Jingshanling, north of Beijing on 4th May. The play produced by an amateur drama troupe of expatriates in Beijing is the first play ever performed on the Great Wall
Jun 20 2006
Actors perform 'The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged),' at Shanghai Oriental Arts Center on June 21, 2006 in Shanghai, China. In the 97-minute comedy brought to Shanghai by the US-based Reduced Shakespeare Company, three actors from Australia and New Zealand, perform the classic excerpts of Shakespeare's works involving more than 100 characters, including the women's roles. The comedy has condensed all of Shakespeare's 37 plays into one show, according to local media.
Mar 31 2012
A sand replica titled 'British Literature William Shakespeare ' at Sand Museum located in the Tottori Dune on April 1, 2012 in Tottori, Japan. The 5th exhibition hosted by the world's first ever sand museum is focusing on the theme of 'Great Britain' as the nation celebrates it's hosting of the London 2012 Olympic Games. The exhibition is open to the public from April 14 through January, 2013 with fourteen foreign sculptors creating structures based on British themes such as the British Empire, Modern London and landmarks of London.
Apr 7 1947
William Shakespeare, the bard of Avon, comes to Japan, thanks to the information and education section of GHQ. This is the first attempt to revolutionize the acting and the form of presentation followed by the 'Kubuki' players, the stage people of Japan. They are seen before a microphone, dressed in there own costumes however, as they dramitize scenes from 'Macbeth'. This scene being portrayed from the play, is when when Macbeth meets the witch for the first time in the woods and gets the prediction that he will be king.