Many happy returns to Mr Will Shakespeare on this, his 450th birthday, and also his err, 398th deathday…best draw a veil over that. To celebrate, vote for your favourite of the bard’s best characters, as chosen by us.
Romeo, Romeo and Juliet
“O that I were a glove upon that hand, that I might touch that cheek!”
The original bad-boy heartthrob, who romanced his way into an early suicide pact.
“But I will wear my heart upon my sleeve. For daws to peck at. I am not what I am”
Because doesn’t everyone secretly love a baddie?
Viola, Twelfth Night
“Conceal me what I am, and be my aid/For such disguise as happily shall become/The form of my intent. I'll serve this duke"
The cross-dressing shipwreck survivor is the original feminist- clever, witty and resourceful. Swoon.
Lady Macbeth, Macbeth
"Unsex me here, /And fill me from the crown to the toe top-full /Of direst cruelty"
A wife who wears the murderous trousers, with more desire for the throne than Kate Middleton
The Bear, A Winter’s Tale
“Exit, pursued by Bear”
The subject of probably the best stage direction ever written