'The Bard' as he is known, is widely considered the greatest writer in the English language, and his plays and poems have become an integral part of Western culture. Over the course of his 52-years, Shakespeare produced 38 plays, 154 sonnets and a number of other works. But how have they managed to remain relevant for over four centuries?
Celebrations have taken place through out the day in Stratford-upon-Avon to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death and the Bard is back where he has always belonged – centre-stage.
Prince Charles attended one of the evenings events, Shakespeare Live - a televised performance celebrating the playwright's life at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.