The Wall Street Journal

Szekspir by Any Other Name Is Still the Bard of Avon

He died 400 years ago but lives on in dozens of languages. Wherefore art thou Loumio? In China.

By Andrew Dickson | Updated April 10, 2016 1:19 pm ET

Four hundred years after the death of William Shakespeare, on April 23, 1616, he remains as celebrated as ever. Festivities to commemorate the playwright’s life and work are planned everywhere from Germany to Shanghai. The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., has sent a flock of First Folios—the earliest collection of Shakespeare’s plays, now one of the most valuable books in history—to alight in every U.S. state.

Even in Stratford-upon-Avon, the redoubtably English market town where Shakespeare was born and died, the party will have an internationalist flavor: Rumor has it that rival deputations from Stratford, Ontario, and Stratford, New Zealand, are scheduled to attend.