One-in-five (20%) of all MPs name Macbeth as their favourite play, rising to nearly a quarter (23%) of Opposition MPs.
Amongst Conservative MPs however, the most frequently mentioned play is Hamlet (named by 18%).
Shakespeare is regarded as a key figure in British culture and indeed left us with an abundance of works with British historical figures and events as their subject. No doubt many past generations will recall poring over the likes of Henry V and Richard III in the classroom.
However, there are concerns that school children nowadays are missing out on the same detailed and well-rounded education on British History.
Despite the current requirements for pupils to learn about British history, spanning from the Stone Age and its settlement by waves of various conquering forces, through industrialisation and empire to the present day, the majority of all MPs believe too little is being taught in schools.
In fact, three-quarters (74%) say that British school children are not taught enough British history and only one-in-five (21%) say they are taught the right amount.
Just 4% of MPs think that British children are taught too much about Britain’s history.
Back in 2013, then Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove was forced to scrap his controversial curriculum in response to criticism from teachers and academics who stated that it placed too much emphasis on British history.