Happy Birthday Bill! The best of William Shakespeare in popular culture... 7 years ago

Happy Birthday Bill! The best of William Shakespeare in popular culture...

Ah, Bill Shakespeare, the man who was the master of writing love stories where everybody dies. The old romantic...

Happy birthday Shakespeare you moustachioed old writing b*stard you, you don’t look a day over 21. Which, of course, for your era, means you’re very close to death. Sorry about that.

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Because you’re actually celebrating your 450th birthday, here at JOE Towers we’ve decided to pick 450 different ways in which your good name lives on today in the modern world.

Not really though.

Compiling a list of 450 separate items was way too much work for us to do so we’ve decided to keep it to much, much less. Anyway, we hope that you enjoy this super Shakespeare selection that includes some of the best that the worlds of film, TV, music and, ahmm, battles that are in the form of a rap and which are most definitely epic in execution, have to offer.

Have a great birthday Bill, we're sure you're reading this in the big ale tavern up in the sky. Here are some ways your good name lives on...

FILM

Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet (1996)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AftvENnn37w

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Much Ado Without Nothing (2012)

West Side Story (1961) based on Romeo and Juliet

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yA_aFprGzyc

The Lion King (1994) based on Hamlet

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Ten Things I Hate About You (1999) based on The Taming Of The Shrew

TV

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The Simpsons

Everyone's favourite yellow-faced family presents 'Hamlet.'

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OyQLJyW4Rk0

As well as Mr William 'Zombie' Shakespeare himself...

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zombie shakespeare

Monty Python

American Dad

It's Shakespeare bitches!

Music

Shakespeare's Sister - Stay

Dire Straits - Romeo and Juliet

Battles that are in the form of a rap and which are most definitely epic in execution

Epic Rap Battles

The brilliant bard takes on Dr Seuss...