Article: Shakespeare and the refugees

If anyone still has doubts about the relevance of Shakespeare in the 21st century, reading this article published in The Economist is very likely to dispel such doubts. It refers to a passage in a play called Sir Thomas More. It is believed Shakespeare was one of the four contributors to the text.

The passage attributed to Shakespeare is based on a real historical event, the “Ill May Day” of 1st May 1517 when a ‘mob of working-class apprentices had gathered in London’s Cheapside district, planning to burn the houses of the city’s growing immigrant community.’ Incidentally, the play may not have been performed in the public theatre at Shakespeare’s time perhaps due to its controversial political content.

Read The Economist article here