From `The Sir John Falstaff Goblet Collection' to the `Complete Plays on CD-ROM', Shakespeare is alive in multitudinous ways today.
But in what state is the English national poet at the new millennium? `After God,' said the French novelist Alexandre Dumas, `Shakespeare created most.' But who creates Shakespeare in 1999? Who owns the Bard and his brand? What is the job of a national poet, and how has it changed? Peter Holland investigates our Shakespeare and theirs and yesterday's and tomorrow's.