On this day, 450 years ago, in Stratford-Upon-Avon, William Shakespeare was born. I sit here in my home office, a few miles from that place, and reflect on what Shakespeare means to me, and to the world around me.
As one can see in Stratford-Upon-Avon, many people come to visit Shakespeare’s birthplace. Mostly, they go there because Shakespeare was a famous person, and because this part of England – the West Midlands – is an attractive area; stopping for a day in Stratford-Upon-Avon is a nice thing to do on a tour of the country.
Shakespeare’s birthplace on Henley Street, in Stratford-Upon-Avon.
But for others, Shakespeare’s theater remains alive, and Stratford’s own Royal Shakespeare Company is the best example of maintaining a tradition of the plays. I’m privileged to live in this area, and to be able to go to the theater so often, and I salute William Shakespeare on this day of his birth.