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Will The Coronavirus Kill “Shakespeare?”

Will The Coronavirus Kill “Shakespeare?”

(This story was originally published on April, 10, 2020. It was updated on May 11, 2020.)

Will the coronavirus kill “Shakespeare?”

Are you daft, man?

William Shakespeare, aka “The Bard,” playwright of Stratford-On-Avon in Merry Olde England, died on April 23, 1616, over 400 years ago.

So the coronavirus can’t kill him. He’s long dead.

But could it “kill” his work which has survived from the reign of Queen Elizabeth I into the long reign of her namesake, Queen Elizabeth II?

Or more importantly, even if his plays survive in writing, will the theater companies—one in particular—which have been performing them into the second decade of the 21st century escape this modern day plague alive?

And why should I care?

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