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 everyone, actually I do not get chance to enjoy Shakespeare literature.. But now I am interesting in it

Hello ji bhagwan,

There are a lot of events related to Shakespeare happening around the world this year. If you live near a British Council Centre in India, I'd suggest checking with them, as they are likely sponsoring some events that might be of interest to you.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

To begin with,I have read Hamlet,and I am really fond of it;secondly,I am a student,so I don't get a job.Finally,what's a pity,I haven't visit any birthplace of any famous writer or artist.

Firstly,I have watched the Chinese version of Hamlet, its an adapted movie base on the hamlet play . they didn't changed the story line , but they add some ancient chinese dancings in it . the movie is called , what I enjoyed the most of it was the music and the atmosphere they created . the tone of the movie is quite sad . and it had reveal the corruption of ancient dynasty along with the love between the empress, the prince and the servent girl.
Secondly, I don't have a job that different from what people expected , because all the works that I did were so simple and easy , for instances , restaurant server , deli clerk, food runner , busboy . low pay and low education required. people wouldn't even think about it .
Thirdly , I have never been to any artist's or writer's house , even if I living in new York , I only going back and forth from home to work . as simple as that.

is this Shakespeare courses same as the one on futurelearn ?

Hello Chickenteriyaki,

Good to see you again! These pages are not exactly the same as the content of the FutureLearn course, though I believe some of the videos are shared. I haven't seen the course there, but I expect that it is much more detailed.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

I have never seen a Shakespeare play, but I've read and studied some plays at school. I would like to read Shakespeare in English.

Your 'listen and watch' Stratford 1 : Shakespeare, Glove maker doesn't seem to work !! I've been waiting for 'hours' to watch it, but nothing comes...

Hello camille roussel,

The video is working fine when I test it, so I can only guess that this is a compatibility issue. Perhaps try accessing the site via a different browser to see if this solves the problem - let us know the results if you do.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

That's OK! I've succeeded to watch the video. Thank you for your reply.