Our 2016 Annual Theme
2016 is to be the English Project’s Year of 'The Languages of Shakespeare'. 23rd April 2016 will be the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death. 23rd April also happens to be Shakespeare’s birthday; to celebrate this and commemorate his deathday, we shall post on the 23 day of every month, a study of the language of Shakespeare, of the languages that influenced his language and of the languages that he has influenced.
Welcome to The English Project
The English Project promotes awareness and understanding of the unfolding global story of the English language in all its varieties – past, present and future. We try to present ideas about English in an intelligent, entertaining, inclusive and interactive way. Our hope is that a greater understanding and enjoyment of English can enrich people’s lives and enable them to make more of the exceptional cultural and communications phenomenon which English has become. We intend to reach a broadly-based audience, globally, socially, ethnically and by age amongst English’s two billion speakers worldwide (that's as a first or second language).
In 1595 or 1596, William Shakespeare wrote A Midsummer Night’s Dream. It first appeared in print in 1600. It has always been one of Shakespeare’s most loved plays, perfect for summer playing, a favourite for Regent’s Park and Central Park performance. It may have been commissioned by a noble family to celebrate a wedding. If so, we do not know whose wedding. Actors call the play ‘Dream’, and the action of Dream focuses on four young people who spend a midsummer’s night falling in and out of love as they are made to dance to the rush of sexual attraction ... Read More