National Talk Like Shakespeare Day

National Talk Like Shakespeare Day BLOG Saturday 23rd April 2022



National Talk Like Shakespeare Day

Let thy tongue flow silver and gold and let thy passion rage bright! Draw upon that sage Bard of old, that illustrious William Shakespeare, master of theatre!

Quick facts

When is it? Every April 23rd

What’s the official website?

What are the hashtags? #TalkLikeShakespeareDay, #NationalTalkLikeShakespeareDay

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?

Thou art more lovely and more temperate:

Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,

And summer’s lease hath all too short a date


Sonnet 18

To many, he was simply “The Bard”, but most of us know him as Shakespeare, and the manner of speaking that was prevalent throughout his works is singularly recognizable. There was a great myth that came along with Shakespearean plays, a myth that shaped the voice of the era in the minds of all the generations that to follow. National Talk Like Shakespeare Day encourages you to embody this myth and to spend the entirety of the day speaking forsoothly!


Learn about National Talk Like Shakespeare Day

As the name indicates, National Talk Like Shakespeare Day encourages you to talk like the literary genius himself! William Shakespeare is the most famous and celebrated poet and playwright in the world. He was born on the 23rd of April in 1564, and he is still honoured to this day. His stories are often studied in schools, and many people have memories of going to the theatre and watching a Shakespeare play. So, there is no better way to honour Shakespeare than by dedicating yourself to speaking like him on this day.


Of course, speaking like Shakespeare is not easy! If you have ever read one of his plays, you will know exactly what we are talking about. However, there are a number of tricks that you can use to speak like Shakespeare on this day. For example, instead of using the words they and you, you can use the words ye, thee, and thou. Creative insults and rhyming couplets were very popular within his work as well, so you are encouraged to use these on National Talk Like Shakespeare Day. In fact, did you know that a lot of the phrases that we use today are owed to Shakespeare?


History of National Talk Like Shakespeare Day

This day has been celebrated since 2009. This is when the first National Talk Like Shakespeare Day was launched by the Shakespeare Theatre in Chicago. The day was inspired by another day that was honoured to speaking like a character; Talk Like a Pirate Day. The theatre company decided that since we have a day when we speak like pirates, we should most definitely have a day when we talk like Shakespeare! A lot of theatres all over the world honour this day with various events and celebrations.

The myth of which we speak is the prevalent idea that the entirety of people in Shakespeare’s day spoke like those in his plays. The truth of the matter is that the speech and spelling used in Shakespeare’s day had very little resemblance to that speech used in his works. It was a sort of ‘stage voice’ that was created to romanticize the play and to lend them greater impact on the ears of those who attended them. Regardless, it has been largely believed in the years that followed that this was the speech of the day.

National Talk Like Shakespeare Day encourages us to embody that speech, and to bring the stage to all the world that we live in. After all, “All the world ‘s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.” This celebration is your opportunity to bring that concept to life and to regale your friends and companions with the rich and colourful speech of Shakespeare’s works. After all, if you cannot bring the people to the Globe Theatre, then you can bring the Globe Theatre to the people!


How to celebrate National Talk Like Shakespeare Day

Speak, Speak, Thou Noble and wise personage! Speak to thy fellows in a tongue rich with colour and passion. Use not thy quiet voice today, whispering in the shadows like some fool painting numbers on a wall. Instead let thy pathos ring loud and true, shower those thou lovest with words like rose petals, and prick the skin of thy enemies with jibes like barbs on a legionnaires spear!

There are a number of other ways that you can honour National Talk Like Shakespeare Day. You could, for example, read one of his works. This will certainly help you to get a better grasp of the language he used. There are so many famous and amazing plays written by Shakespeare. This includes everything from Hamlet and Macbeth to Romeo and Juliet, King Lear, The Tempest, and Julius Caesar. There are also a lot of his plays that have been turned into films as well, so you can watch them on the big screen instead if you would prefer.

You could also use this day as an opportunity to try your hand at becoming the next Shakespeare. There are bound to be a lot of poetry competitions running around this date. Shakespeare was famous for his sonnets. A sonnet is a 14-line poem that is made up of one couplet and three quatrains. Try putting together your own sonnet and enter it into a competition on National Talk Like Shakespeare Day to see how you do! There are 154 sonnets that have been written by William Shakespeare, and so you are not going to be short of inspiration.

True it may be that they will look upon you strangely, but such is the peril of casting pearls before swine! National Talk Like Shakespeare Day is the time for your inner thespian to shine!




                Words    Play                                                        Genre

  1. 30,557 Hamlet                                                  Tragedy
  2. 29,278 Richard III                                            History
  3. 27,589 Coriolanus                                            Tragedy
  4. 27,565 Cymbeline                                            Tragedy
  5. 26,450 Othello                                                   Tragedy
  6. 26,145 King Lear                                              Tragedy
  7. 26,119 Henry V                                                 History
  8. 26,089 Troilus and Cressida                           Tragedy
  9. 25,689 Henry IV, Part II                                 History
  10. 25,439 Henry VI, Part II                                 History
  11. 24,914 Winter’s Tale                                        Comedy
  12. 24,905 Antony and Cleopatra                        Tragedy
  13. 24,629 Henry VIII                                            History
  14. 24,579 Henry IV, Part I                                   History
  15. 24,545 Romeo and Juliet                                 Tragedy
  16. 24,294 Henry VI, Part III                                History
  17. 23,009 All’s Well That Ends Well                  Comedy
  18. 22,423 Richard II                                             History
  19. 21,845 Merry Wives of Windsor                   Comedy
  20. 21,780 Measure for Measure                          Comedy
  21. 21,690 As You Like It                                     Comedy
  22. 21,607 Henry VI, Part I                                   History
  23. 21,459 Love’s Labour’s Lost                           Comedy
  24. 21,291 Merchant of Venice                             Comedy
  25. 21,157 Much Ado about Nothing                  Comedy
  26. 21,055 Taming of the Shrew                           Comedy
  27. 20,772 King John                                             History
  28. 20,743 Titus Andronicus                                 Tragedy
  29. 19,837 Twelfth Night                                       Comedy
  30. 19,703 Julius Caesar                                        Tragedy
  31. 18,529 Pericles                                                   History
  32. 18,216 Timon of Athens                                  Tragedy
  33. 17,129 Two Gentlemen of Verona                Comedy
  34. 17,121 Macbeth                                                Tragedy
  35. 16,633 Tempest                                                Comedy
  36. 16,511 Midsummer Night’s Dream               Comedy
  37. 14,701 Comedy of Errors                                Comedy

REMEMBER: The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.

– Nicolas Chamfort



“The purpose of our lives is to be happy.” – Dalai Lama


Happiness is…talking like Shakespeare.


How do you make the number one disappear? You add “g” and it’s GONE!


Love is…a Shakespeare Sonnet.


A time to walk like an Egyptian…A time to talk like Shakespeare.




©2022 Phil M Robinson