On 23 April we celebrate the birth and death anniversary of William Shakespeare, the renowned English playwright, poet and actor. Shakespeare is considered one of the greatest literary figures in history, with his works continuing to captivate audiences worldwide centuries after they were first written. His plays are renowned for their complex characters, intricate plots, and timeless themes that continue to resonate with modern audiences. On this day, we remember the remarkable contributions of Shakespeare to the world of literature and honor his enduring legacy.

William Shakespeare is widely considered to be one of the most prolific playwrights in history, having written 38 plays in total. These plays include tragedies like “Hamlet” and “Macbeth,” comedies like “Twelfth Night” and “The Tempest,” and histories like “Henry V” and “Richard III.” In addition to his plays, Shakespeare also wrote 154 sonnets and several longer poems, making him a master of both dramatic and lyrical forms of literature.

“Romeo + Juliet” (1996) is a modern take on the classic love story, set in a vibrant and stylized version of Verona Beach. Baz Luhrmann’s film stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes as the titular couple, and features an iconic soundtrack that became an instant hit.

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (1999) is a whimsical and magical interpretation of Shakespeare’s beloved comedy. Directed by Michael Hoffman, the film features an all-star cast including Michelle Pfeiffer, Kevin Kline, and Rupert Everett.

“Much Ado About Nothing” (1993) is a romantic comedy directed by Kenneth Branagh, who also stars as Benedick alongside Emma Thompson as Beatrice. The film is set in Tuscany and features lush scenery and a memorable score.

“Hamlet” (1996) is another Branagh-directed Shakespearean adaptation, this time featuring the director himself in the title role. The film features an all-star cast including Kate Winslet, Derek Jacobi, and Julie Christie.

“The Tempest” (2010) is a visually stunning adaptation of the play, directed by Julie Taymor and starring Helen Mirren as Prospera (a gender-swapped version of Prospero). The film features gorgeous cinematography and special effects, bringing the fantastical world of the play to life.

“Othello” (1995) stars Laurence Fishburne in the title role, with Kenneth Branagh as Iago. The film is set in the 19th century and features stunning costumes and sets, as well as powerful performances from the cast.

“Richard III” (1995) is a gritty and intense adaptation of the play, directed by and starring Ian McKellen in the title role. The film is set in an alternate version of 1930s England and features a stellar supporting cast including Annette Bening and Robert Downey Jr.

“Macbeth” (2015) is a dark and moody interpretation of the play, directed by Justin Kurzel and starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard. The film is set in medieval Scotland and features stunning cinematography and haunting imagery.

“Twelfth Night” (1996) is a lighthearted and fun adaptation of the play, directed by Trevor Nunn and featuring an all-star cast including Helena Bonham Carter and Ben Kingsley. The film is set in the 19th century and features beautiful costumes and sets.

“Hamlet” (1948) is a classic film adaptation of the play, directed by and starring Laurence Olivier in the title role. The film features stunning black and white cinematography and a memorable score, and is widely regarded as one of the best Shakespearean adaptations ever made.