How did the son of a small-town glove maker come to write the greatest plays in the world? Join actor and producer Ben Crystal as he explores Shakespeare's early years in Stratford-upon-Avon.





Hello! I haven`t seen play a Shakespeare. But that I saw in this video is impressive. Be sure I will watch his plays in the future.

Well, I haven't gone to Shakespeare's birth place. But, I'd like to visit very much. I don't know really well about him. But I think he was really a great writer. One of the famous his stories is about Romeo and Juliet. That's so romantic.

I'm very happy for been here studying this lovely language with you guys around the world :)

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I've never seen a Shakespeare play but I've watched the old film Rome and Juliette directed by Franco Zefirelli in 1968. And I also have watched two film versions of Hamlet, one of them with Lawrence Olivier (on tv) and the other one with Kenneth Branagh.
I'm 65 years old and I love to study english!

Hi friends, nice to meet you here! By the end of may I will be finished my english course with British Council. level b2 is difficult for me and I m not still ready for passing the exam! Well, Shakspeare is a good chance to improve my knowledge, isn't it? I have studied Shakspeare at school when I was young and obviously I love R&J, I 'm a romantic woman!. I have never been to England and the last birthplace of a famous writer I visited was Praga, the Kafka's town.

It is really amazing. I did not get chance to read Shakespeare literature. But I interested in this. This way of learn English really amazing. I get the chance to know more about Shakespeare and it helps me to improve my English. I really appreciate Britsh council team work. You guys make English learning fun with knowledge that's amazing.

I really enjoy it! I have seen many plays by Shakespeare. I would say "Otello" play is my favourite!