Shakespeare is still relevant today because he is considered to be the greatest ever dramatist, prose writer and poet by many due to his rich language, complex characters and essential themes. The themes of treachery, honor, bravery, love and political intrigue are still themes in the modern era.
It has long been said that Shakespeare represents the universal themes of life and of human nature; therefore, regardless of however inventive and creative stories are today, they can be traced back to one of Shakespeare's plays. This kind of universal appeal makes Shakespeare a relevant playwright, though his language might become more difficult to understand as the decades pass. Still, it is his language that makes his plays so unique and treasured, offering an insightful glimpse into how people spoke hundreds of years ago. Many people will continue to put forth the effort to decipher the old words and meanings in order to appreciate the work.
There is also the aspect of Shakespeare's popular culture appeal. He has been made into an icon by many, and has a mysterious past that will most likely never be fully known, despite much research. There are Shakespearean festivals, films, theater performances, ballets and even popular music references.