This amazing playwright wrote 38 plays and 154 sonnets.
His works have been translated into over 80 languages.
He has contributed over 1,000 words to the English language, many sayings and some absolutely cracking insults.
He also invented words that just didn't catch the attention of the general public. You can read about some of them here.
Mr William Shakespeares Comedies, histories & tragedies, published according to the true original copies, also known as the First Folio, was published in 1623, 8 years after Shakespeare’s death.
The NSW State Library has the only known copy of the First Folio held in Australia.
To commemorate this important year, The library has a digital copy of this folio available on its website for your viewing pleasure. See the plays as they were written here.
Shakespeare has many fans, and actors speak fondly of their opportunities to play some of the great roles such as Hamlet. Watch Prince Charles show us how much he would like to play this part.