May 2, 2019
A board game for Shakespeare geeks
by Christina Cerio
Above, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust shares a photo of Shakespeare Edition of Trivial Pursuit with creators, Nick Walton and Anjna Chouhan, on their Facebook page.
Calling all Shakespeare geeks! Open Culture reports that members of Shakespeare Birthplace Trust teamed up with the company that owns Trivial Pursuit, Winning Moves, to create a Shakespeare edition of their popular trivia game. The game, which was released on Shakespeare’s 455th birthday, has 600 questions covering six categories: Comedies, Histories, Tragedies, Characters, Biography, and Legacy. The questions were created by two scholars and spokespeople for Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Nick Walton and Anjna Chouhan. The Trust’s website shares,
The Bitesize version of the game will be sold exclusively in the Trust’s shops and website, priced £12.99, with every purchase supporting the vital care and conservation of the five Shakespeare family homes; the charity’s internationally-recognised Collections; and world-class learning programmes.
The board game review on Open Culture assures readers that you don’t have to have the same level of expertise as Walton and Chouhan to be able to enjoy or to win the game. Shakespeare references and influences appear in many other areas of pop culture, such as Elvis Presley, Popeye, Dr. Who, and more. The creators worked to include a wide range of references so both the super geeks and newbies could enjoy the game and be appropriately challenged.
Christina Cerio is the Manager of Direct Sales & Special Projects at Melville House.