William Shakespeare was born in 1564 and died in 1616. 400 years on and the impact of his works show no sign of decline. A poet and prolific playwright he is widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language. Born in Stratford-upon-Avon, he produced most of his known works between 1589 and 1614. His early plays were mainly focused on comedy, plus a number of histories. These plays are considered the greatest of their type. Later on he switched his focus to tragedies producing output such as Macbeth, Hamlet, Othello. In the 20th and 21st centuries, his plays have been repeatedly adapted and rediscovered by new movements in scholarship and performance. His work remains hugely popular and are studied worldwide. It's hard to over estimate his impact on the English language and the modern arts scene.