(James Rothwell’s article appeared in the Telegraph, 6/7.)
For many he is the greatest playwright of all time, a man whose timeless works have enriched the English language and produced hundreds of immortal phrases.
But even Shakespeare's biggest fans may struggle to tell you how many of his plays feature eye-gouging, or which one produced the expression "What the dickens?"
Now, thanks to The Telegraph's quiz on the Bard's work and its performances, you can impress your friends with those very nuggets of wisdom.
With The Globe set to perform the Bard's lesser known play King John for the first time in its history this week, there is no greater opportunity to find out whether you truly are a Shakespeare afficionado.