Quintessence takes its name from Shakespeare’s Hamlet: “What a piece of work is a man…. And yet to me, what is this quintessence of dust?” Quintessence aspires to the Elizabethan understanding of the word: the fifth element (the element of the heavens and the soul), and the purest essence of a substance. The word “classic”, as defined by Quintessence, is a dramatic or literary text written over one hundred years ago, or adapted from a piece of theatre or literature written before that time.