Why did Ben Jonson, an intimate friend of William Shakespeare write the words Hang Shakespeare? After all, he wrote this in 1623 and Shakespeare died in 1616. So Shakespeare was already DEAD! He bought the farm, kicked the bucket, was as a doornail. Jonson must be sending us a message! It's like at the beginning of Star Wars when Princess Leia implores RD2D, "Help me Obi Won Konobi, you're my only hope!" If you love Shakespeare, you have GOT to check out Hang Shakespeare!