Why Shakespeare?

William Shakespeare is widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's preeminent dramatist.
Young actors learn a great deal more about his works by donning their costumes, stepping out on stage, and interacting with other characters from his plays.

 
Michael Boyd, the Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, shares his reasons why Shakespeare is "the best".

American author, Marchette Chute, in the introduction to her book Stories From Shakespeare wrote:

 

William Shakespeare was the most remarkable storyteller that the world has ever known.  

Homer told of adventure and men at war, Sophocles and Tolstoy told of tragedies and of people in trouble.  Terence and Mark Twain told comic stories, Dickens told melodramatic ones, Plutarch told histories and Hans Christian Andersen told fairy tales. 

But Shakespeare told every kind of story - comedy, tragedy, history, melodrama, adventure, love stories and fairy tales - and each of them so well that they have become immortal.  In all the worlds of storytelling, his is the greatest name."