Reading in the Station

New Royal Mail stamps celebrate William Shakespeare


Royal Mail launches a set of ten first class stamps to mark the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare. The stamps feature famous phrases from the playwright’s best-known plays to mark the impact his writing still makes today. Lines from Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest, Julius Caesar, Much Ado About Nothing and Hamlet are included in the new collection.

From Tuesday 5 April until Saturday 9 April, 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 that depict performances of his plays, a painting of the bard himself and the world famous Globe Theatre, this set focuses on the power of Shakespeare’s words, and selected poignant lines from his plays and poems. Shakespeare’s plays have been constantly re-interpreted and performed and he is arguably the most influential writer of all time: even those who have never read or seen one of his plays will be familiar with a host of the 1,700 words and phrases he introduced into the English language, including ‘assassination’ first used in Macbeth and ‘all’s well that ends well’ from the play of the same name.

Over 50 years, William Shakespeare and his work have appeared on 25 stamps making him the most featured individual on Special Stamps outside of the Royal Family. William Shakespeare  is one of the most published authors and most performed dramatists of all time and with this stamps Royal Mail pays tribute to hisgenius through his immortal words and poetry.


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