Trivial Pursuit Has Launched a Shakespeare Edition
Do you know which year William Shakespeare died? Can you recall some of the less memorable facts about his plays, like the name of the nobleman who was in love with Desdemona in Othello? If so, you have pretty good odds of crushing the competition while playing this Shakespeare edition of Trivial Pursuit.
According to British station ITV, the game can now be purchased online and in stores from The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust—and yes, there’s international shipping. Proceeds from the game help support the five Shakespeare family homes and programs that are currently managed by the Trust, which is based in Stratford-upon-Avon.
Ideal for travel, this “bitesize” game doesn’t come with a board. Instead, it has a die, a wedge holder, and 100 cards containing 600 questions. Players will be quizzed in six categories that span Shakespeare’s life and work, including comedies, tragedies, histories, characters, biography, and legacy.
🎺 ‘A flourish of trumpets.’ 🎺 Our exclusive Trivial Pursuit Shakespeare Edition is here, in association with @winningmoves_uk. Available online NOW and in our stores from tomorrow. #trivialpursuit #ShakespeareTrivialPursuit https://t.co/BajmU1cpWO pic.twitter.com/646Bkkzsb5
— Shakespeare B Trust (@ShakespeareBT) April 5, 2019
While the questions will certainly be challenging, they won’t be “too obtuse,” according to Shakespeare scholar Nick Walton, who designed the questions alongside another Shakespeare expert, Anjna Chouhan.
“Most people will know something about Shakespeare, whether it’s his works or life and history,” Chouhan said in a statement. “But everyone’s knowledge is so different, which is why writing 600 questions for a broad audience was quite challenging and, hopefully, really rewarding for players to answer.”
Get the game for £13 (about $17) on the Trust’s website.