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The English Language Council Lecture: Shakespeare and the English language

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The English-Speaking Union and the British Council present the third English Language Council Lecture, which celebrates Shakespeare and the English language. The lecture marks the 450th anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare in 2014. Register to attend in person or to receive details of the livestreamed event.


The guardian of English poetry, the inventor of over 1,000 words still in use today, and one of the greatest players with our language, Shakespeare has given us a treasure trove of English to read - funny how so much of it doesn't make sense until it's spoken out-loud.

Actor and author Ben Crystal explores the accent, the theatrical conventions, and the world of Shakespeare, to reveal a bright and beautiful English.

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