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Bard tries out special pen for size

‘The Bard’ himself popped into a Shropshire shop this week to try out a £2,000 pen created especially for him.

William Shakespeare, aka thespian Bill Hurst, called into Write Here in Shrewsbury’s High Street to view the special writing instrument as part of this month’s commemorations to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.

The intricately-decorated pen, engraved with a range of images associated with the world’s greatest playwright, is made from oak and antique silver, with a cap showing the imprint of Shakespeare’s signet ring.

John Hall, owner of specialist pen shop Write Here, helped to develop the limited edition pen with Italian manufacturers Omas and the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

Only 450 were created, each retailing at £2,000, with a solid gold version being made on demand for those enthusiasts who can afford the estimated £38,000 retail price.

“This is an exquisite writing instrument and we were delighted that ‘Shakespeare’ himself popped in to try it out – he certainly seemed impressed – and even seemed interested in our more affordable pens which start at a mere £5!” John commented.

“Shakespeare created art through his writing and enriched the English language with many turns of phrase which remain current today. His pen was therefore the perfect witness to his greatness,” he added.

Decorated with friezes from Shakespeare’s time, the pen is also hand-engraved with a reproduction of one the most famous portraits of the playwright.

There will be a Shrewsbury Shakespeare Day on April 23rd from 11am until 4pm with music, songs and combat in The Square, a programme of Shakespeare scenes performed by local pupils in the grounds of Shrewsbury Castle and characters all around the town.