"A plague on both your houses": The Shakespeare property index

 
Jake Cordell
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Are you Bard of Shakespeare quotes yet? Everybody is have a grand old time quoting England's most famous playright to mark the 400th anniversary of his death.
Are you Bard of Shakespeare quotes yet? Everybody is have a grand old time quoting England's most famous playright to mark the 400th anniversary of his death. (Source: Getty)

"Money buys lands, and wives are sold by fate," wrote William Shakespeare in The Merry Wives of Windsor.

But exactly how much land a wad of cash will get you is, as we know, different around the world. In the spirit of the 400th anniversary of the Bard of Avon's death, estate agents Knight Frank have had a look at how house prices are performing in the spots of Shakespeare's most famous plays.

Will's winners

There was decidedly nothing rotten in the state of Denmark last year, as Helsingor topped the list as the best performing property location. The town, picked as the modern day setting for Hamlet, saw prices shoot up by 14 per cent in the 12 months to February, according to Knight Frank.

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“It is fitting that Helsingor topped our rankings for house price growth, given that Hamlet is widely-considered Shakespeare’s most commercially successful play," Kate Everett-Allen, residential research partner at Knight Frank said.

Lear's losers

It was more of a Midsummer's Nightmare, however, for Greek property owners, as prices in Athens dropped by 4.8 per cent over the last year.

"Italy proved Shakespeare’s favourite backdrop with The Merchant of Venice, Julius Caesar and Othello all set in either Venice or Rome. However, despite the playwright’s fondness of the region, prices in both Italian cities have declined in the last year," added Rupert Fawcett, head of Knight Frank's Italy division.

Around the Globe

Play

Location

Country

Annual change

Hamlet

Helsingør

Denmark

14.1 per cent

Richard III

City of London & Tower Hamlets

UK

12.6 per cent

King Lear

Dover

UK

9.0 per cent

Shakespeare's Birthplace

Stratford-Upon-Avon

UK

3.1 per cent

Twelfth Night

Various

Croatia

3.0 per cent

Love's labour lost

Basque region

Spain

2.2 per cent

Macbeth

Inverness

UK

minus 1.1 per cent

Othello

Venice

Italy

minus 3.0 per cent

The Merchant of Venice

Venice

Italy

minus 3.0 per cent

Julius Caesar

Rome

Italy

minus 3.6 per cent

Henry VI

Gascony region

France

minus 4.3 per cent

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Athens

Greece

minus 4.8 per cent

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