Though it has been five centuries since Shakespeare wrote his plays, he remains as relevant to audiences today as he did in the Elizabethan Era.
What is probably most surprising about his relevance today is how much his writing has influenced the English language. Some of the most quintessential and popular phrases in our modern vernacular were invented by Shakespeare from "wild goose chase" to the "green-eyed monster," which are, in fact, quotes from Shakespeare's plays.
Another surprising fact about Shakespeare's relevance comes from the subject of his plays. While the characters and settings are historical, Shakespeare wrote about so many current an contemporary issues, like racism, sexuality, tolerance and crime - issues which are hotly debated in today's society. Furthermore, the situations he wrote about, from betraying a friend to falling in love, are all part of the human condition and that will never fail to be relevant to modern audiences.