Four hundred years ago today, William Shakespeare died three days shy of his 52nd birthday.
It is remarkable that four centuries after his passing, his works are being mounted all in theatres all over the world.
Can anyone imagine any contemporary playwright's work having such an enduring legacy? Will The Vagina Monologues be consigned to the scrap heap of history? While there might be individual plays that will endure for centuries such as Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot, Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman or Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey Into Night, but none of them was as prolific as Shakespeare.