Shakespeare Day 2020: Few Unknown Facts About and Quotes by William Shakespeare


Shakespeare Day 2020: Among the iconic and most prolific writers from the English language as well as the planet’s greatest dramatist, William Shakespeare was born this day in 1564.

He is called the Bard of Avon because he was first born and raised in Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire. Shakespeare’s birth date, however, is highly debatable as he’s said to have been baptised on April 26, 1564, and born April 23, which also contrasts with his departure date (according to the Julian calendar) and called as Shakespeare Day 2020.


Book lovers and fans globally celebrate Shakespeare Day 2020 on April 23 every year to honour the genius. UNESCO also marked that day since World Book and Copyright Day back in 1995 and celebrates each year with a new theme in a recently selected World Book Capital every year.

A listing of interesting Shakespeare’s facts and Quotes


  • Shakespeare was born 26 April 1564, Stratford. (only later shifted to Stratford Upon Avon)
  • Shakespeare is widely considered the world’s greatest dramatist.
  • He wrote 38 plays and 154 sonnets.
  • Shakespeare is most likely to have obtained a classical Latin instruction at King’s New School in Stratford.
  • He married Anne Hathaway when he was only 18;
  • Anne (26) had been 3 months pregnant when they married.
  • Their first child, Susanna was born six weeks following their marriage.
  • They afterwards had two twins, Hamnet and Judith.
  • Shakespeare had seven brothers and sisters
  • Shakespeare worked as a performer, writer and co-owner of a drama company known as the ‘Lord Chamberlain’s Men’- Later known as the King’s Men.
  • Zoe Bramley delivers a range of facts about Shakespeare, discovering information from his lifetime and heritage and directing them into easy-to-read, bitesize facts — from the name of his original patron’s cat to how they state’to be or not to become’ in Klingon.

Few more Shakespeare Quotes and Facts on Shakespeare Day 2020

  • His greatest plays comprise Hamlet, King Lear, Othello, Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet.
    The very first publishing of Shakespeare’s works is the ‘First Folio’ published in 1623.
  • From the introduction into the First Folio, playwright Ben Johnson wrote a preface to Shakespeare’s work together with the quote'(Shakespeare) isn’t of an age, but for all time. ‘
  • Shakespeare’s popularity blossomed after the Romantic period and during the Victorian period — receiving the compliments of poets, for example, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Victor Hugo and Voltaire.
  • Romantic poet John Keats kept a bust of Shakespeare close to his desk in the expectation that Shakespeare would ignite his imagination
  • ‘Bardolatry’ was a term coined by George Bernard Shaw to exemplify that the reverence held by most Victorians for anything Shakespeare.
  • From 1592, Shakespeare was receiving his first literary complaint with playwright Robert Greene, criticising Shakespeare for being a ‘Jack of all trades’ — a second-rate tinkerer together using the job of the others.
  • This criticism could be motivated by the truth that Shakespeare was not university educated like modern writers such as Christopher Marlowe.
  • Historical compliments for Shakespeare came from writers such as Ben Johnson. Jonson commented of Shakespeare he had been the –“Spirit of the era, the applause, delight, the wonder of our stage”
  • Shakespeare acted in many of his plays.
  • Shakespeare was acquainted with Queen Elizabeth I.
  • After the passing of Queen Elizabeth I, Shakespeare’s company was awarded a royal patent from the new King James I and changed its name to the King’s Men.
  • Shakespeare is often referred to as Elizabethan playwright, but a lot of the players were written in the Jacobean period.
  • In 1599, the business built their very own theatre, The Globe over the south banks of the River Thames.
  • Shakespeare lived through an outbreak of the bubonic plague in London (1524-94) and 1609. The shock came into Stratford when Shakespeare was only 3 months old.
  • A lot of Shakespeare’s plays were according to historic accounts, dramatised by Shakespeare. In addition, he dramatised stories from writers like Holinshed and Plutarch.
  • Hamlet was based on a well known Scandinavian legend named -Amleth,
    Shakespeare’s plays contain 200 references to puppies and 600 references.
  • In 1890, Eugene Schiffelin an American’Bardolator’ decided to import every kind of bird mentioned in Shakespeare but not indigenous to America. This comprised a flock of 60 starlings. Starlings have now driven many native birds to the edge of extinction.
  • Shakespeare’s plays are usually split into three Chief branches
  • Comedies –‘It is well that Ends Well’,’Much Ado About Nothing’
  • Histories — ‘Henry V’
  • Tragedies — ‘Romeo and Juliet’, ‘Hamlet’, and ‘Othello’.
  • There are those who wonder if William Shakespeare was actually the writer of the drama, attributed to him. Other contenders include the oxford college’ — indicating Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford has been a competition.
  • Shakespeare has been the most quoted author in Samuel Johnson’s early”Dictionary of the English Language’
  • Earlier Shakespeare, the English language was considerably less codified without the official dictionary and many variations on spelling.
  • Shakespeare has contributed many words (estimate of 1,700 — 3,000) into the English language.
  • Estimations of Shakespeare’s language range from 17,000 to 29,000 words.
    Shakespeare has given many memorable phrases to the English terminology, for example, “wild goose chase”, “foregone conclusion” in a pickle”
  • Shakespeare has contributed many unforgettable insults, “Thou art just like a toad; venomous and nasty.” , “You scullion! You rampallian! You fustilarian! I’ll tickle your catastrophe!” , “Thou clay-brained guts, thou knotty-pated fool, thou whoreson obscene greasy tallow-catch!”
  • Shakespeare never seemed to spell his name properly, frequently signing his name”Willm Shakp,”
  • By others had been known by over 80 different titles, such as Chamber.” And”Shopper”
  • Macbeth was frequently unpopular because of its reference to witches which generated fear from the middle ages. There remains a lengthy theatre superstition of saying aloud the title’Macbeth’
  • In his will, so he seemed to only offer his wife (Anne) a bed.
    Shakespeare’s tomb comprises a curse against moving his bones.