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Special stamps to commemorate 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death

Stratford Editorial 5th Apr, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

SHAKESPEARE and his work have appeared on more stamps than anyone outside the royal family.

And Royal Mail is issuing a set of special stamps to mark the 400th anniversary of the death of the Bard.

Available from Tuesday (April 5), the ten First Class stamps pay tribute to the genius of Shakespeare through his immortal words and poetry.

And until Saturday (April 9), a special postmark will be applied to UK stamped mail commemorating 400 years since the Bard’s death.

It will say William Shakespeare 1564-1616.

Having previously issued stamps depicting performances of his plays, a painting of the Bard himself and the Globe Theatre, the new set focuses on the power of Shakespeare’s words, and selected lines from the plays and poems.

Sources include Hamlet; Julius Caesar; Romeo and Juliet; As You Like It;  Much Ado about Nothing; Sonnet 30; Venus and Adonis; The Tempest; Macbeth; and Richard II.

Over the past 50 years, Shakespeare and his work have appeared on 25 stamps – making him the most featured individual on special stamps outside of the royal family.

Previous Shakespeare special stamps include Shakespeare Tercentenary (1964); Theatre (1982); Australia bicentenary (1988); greetings stamps (1995); Globe Theatre (1996); National Portrait Gallery (2006); and Royal Shakespeare Company (2011).

Philip Parker, Stamp Strategy Manager at Royal Mail, said: “It is fitting that Shakespeare is being honoured with a set of stamps to mark the 400th anniversary of his death.

“The stamps celebrate the power of his language, which continues to influence us every day.”

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