After fifty years or so of political independence, Shakespeare remains a hugely significant presence in the education systems of the Caribbean (both Anglo and Hispanophone). His plays are still set-texts on most secondary school literature syllabuses, are staged at drama schools and are regularly taught at tertiary institutions.
Despite independence and in stark contrast to the de-colonising projects of writers such as Derek Walcott, George Lamming, and Aime Cesaire, Shakespeare in the Caribbean continued for many years to be a traditional, even reactionary force. His works were often taught and performed in accordance with outdated pre-independence modalities, despite an uneasy sense on the part of a growing number of younger educators and theatre practitioners that such modalities were anachronistic in a post-colonial world.
In 2016, the British Council commissioned a short documentary film to mark the quatercentenary of Shakespeare’s death.