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Google’s new Doodle marks 400 years since William Shakespeare’s death. It highlights his great works like Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, and Julius Caesar.
Did you know? He wrote at least 37 plays and 154 sonnets that we know of. It is certain two of the Bard’s plays have been lost. Across the world, Shakespeare’s plays are constantly being read, adapted, performed, and watched.

Here are some more interesting facts about the greatest dramatist and writer in the English language:

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  • Shakespeare was born on April 23rd ,1564 and died April 23rd ,1616. He was only 52 years old when he died mysteriously.

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  • Shakespeare inspired Indian cinema: The following are some very successful and some lesser known Bollywood Adaptions of his works.

  1. Angoor (1982)- The Comedy of Errors

  2. Maqbool (2004)- Macbeth

  3. Omkara (2006)- Othello

  4. 10ml LOVE (2012)- A Midsummer Night’s Dream

  5. Goliyon Ki Rasleela RamLeela- Romeo and Juliet

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  • Agatha Christie was a lifelong Shakespeare fan who enjoyed reading and watching his work as well as carefully referencing it in some of her own stories.

  • He introduced almost 3000 words to English through his plays. He once used over 7,000 different words in a single play. Words including "assassination", "addiction", "generous" and "bedroom" had their first recorded uses in his plays. (He even invented Swagger!!) Imagine conversing in English without these words.

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  • Phrases he coined are ingrained in modern speech and pepper everyday conversation. He introduced phrases like "elbow room", "heart of gold" and "tower of strength" to the English language

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  • Shakespeare had 7 siblings and 3 children- one of his siblings, Joan, only lived for 2 months. And, Shakespeare married his wife Anne Hathaway when he was 18. She was 26 and three months pregnant with Shakespeare’s child when they married. Their first child Susanna was born six months after the wedding.

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  • There are more than 80 variations recorded for the spelling of his name.
     

  • The original classroom where William Shakespeare is believed to have studied and seen his first plays opens to the public for the first time this weekend.  It is almost certain that this was Shakespeare's school, until about the age of 14 or 15. The classroom, under big wooden ceiling beams, has another claim to fame. It was where Shakespeare probably saw his very first play.

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  • The Royal Shakespeare Company sells more than half a million tickets a year for Shakespeare productions at their theatres in Stratford-on-Avon, London, and Newcastle – introducing an estimated 50,000 people to a live Shakespeare performance for the first time each year.
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  • An outbreak of the plague in Europe resulted in all London theatres being closed between 1592 and 1594. As there was no demand for plays during this time, Shakespeare began to write poetry, completing his first batch of sonnets in 1593, aged 29.
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  • Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre came to a premature end on 29th June 1613 after a cannon shot set fire to the thatched roof during a performance of Henry VIII. Within two hours the theatre was burnt to the ground, to be rebuilt the following year.
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  • According to the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, Shakespeare wrote close to a tenth of the most quoted lines ever written or spoken in English. What’s more, according to the Literature Encyclopaedia, Shakespeare is the second most quoted English writer after the writers of the Bible.
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  • Copyright didn’t exist in Shakespeare’s time, as a result of which there was a thriving trade in copied plays. To help counter this, actors got their lines only once the play was in progress – often in the form of cue acting where someone backstage whispered them to the person shortly before he was supposed to deliver them.
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