Nearly four centuries after his death, Shakespeare’s drama remains as popular as ever. Filmmakers have made no fewer than four hundred adaptations of his plays since the advent of modern cinema and countless authors have rewritten his plays into novels, poetry and other forms of drama. In this class, our purpose will be twofold. First, we will explore the historical context of Renaissance England to better understand how Shakespeare’s audiences received his plays. With that base of knowledge, we will look at contemporary rewritings of Shakespeare’s work, considering how modern artists have put Shakespeare into the mold of their time.