Royal Mail of British issued set of stamps to mark 400th death anniversary of William Shakespeare

Apr 12, 2016 17:13 IST

Coward dieRoyal Mail of British on 12 April 2016 honoured playwright William Shakespeare by issuing a set of special postage stamps to mark the 400th anniversary of his death. They will be sold at 8000 post offices across Britain.

It published ten first class stamps featuring famous phrases from the playwright’s repertoire to mark the impact of his writing on the present day.

The stamps are the latest of many commemoration items and events to remember Shakespeare who was born in 1564 to become an actor, poet and playwright as well as a businessman. Shakespeare is believed to have died on his birthday 23 April 1616 in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Famous lines from the plays of Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest, Julius Caesar, Much Ado About Nothing and Hamlet are included in the new collection, while a special postmark saying William Shakespeare 1564-1616 will appear on letters as part of the commemoration this week.

His plays are continually performed and re-interpreted throughout the world, making him arguably the most influential writer of all time.

He introduced around 1700 words and phrases into the English language, including assassination and all's well that ends well.

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