Shakespeare in the 21st Century

To commemorate 400 years since Shakespeare's death, we've created Street-Speare; a modern guide to translating some of his most famous lines and updating his classic characters. You might be surprised how relevant his work still is today.


all the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players. 

Lady Macbeth and Macbeth – Kim Kardashian and Kanye West

A man who acts erratically and you suspect it's because the woman is running the show. 


Hamlet - Morissey

A deeply sensitive, misunderstood individual, prone to mood swings and moaning about love. 


Juilet – Taylor Swift

Both surrounded by a powerful squad, but is strangely unlucky in love. 


Bottom – David Brent

Believes he’s hilarious and the smartest man in the room, yet doesn’t realise he’s a bit of an ass. 


Cleopatra – Beyonce

A strong Queen who runs the world.    


To bae or not to bae?

Julius Caesar"Et Tu, Brute?" 

Translation: "Mate. Mate though."


Two Gentlemen of Verona - "They do not love that do not show their love." 

Translation: "Why would I like your posts when you never like mine?"


Twelfth Night - "Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them."

Translation: "#IWokeUpLikeThis"

King Lear - "I am a man more sinned against than sinning."

Translation: "They started it."


King Henry IV - "Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown."

Translation: "It’s so hard to keep up with my Instagram notifications. #humblebrag"


Hamlet"The lady doth protest too much?"

Translation: "If you don’t fancy him, why is he your screensaver?"


Julius Caesar - "A dish fit for the gods."

Translation: "An especially cheeky Nando's."


As You Like It - "Can one desire too much of a good thing?"

Translation: "When you want another cheeky Nando's."


Titus Andronicus - "These words are razors to my wounded heart."

Translation: "Ooh Burn."


A Midsummer Night's Dream - "The course of true love never did run smooth."

Translation: "When bae just wants to Netflix with no chill."


Sonnet 18 - "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?"

Translation: "Swipe right."