*Curtsies* My first question is: Do you have any experience with Shakespeare outside of the classroom? Because that’s kind of a must, and it will give you a much clearer angle to come from when you’re working on your application. I’m not saying you have to become an actor, but I’m saying some hands-on experience with the Bard is crucial.
Aside from that: Honestly I can’t recommend strongly enough that you take (at least) a year off between undergrad and a master’s degree, and there are three reasons. First, to make sure that a master’s degree and this particular master’s degree is really what you want to do. Soul-searching is really important at this point in your life, and you’re not on a deadline. It’s much better to wait a year and be sure of yourself than jump right in and realize halfway through your MA that you’ve made a huge mistake. Second, to give yourself a break from academia. University is demanding, and you can burn out really quickly if you don’t take time to recharge your batteries. It’s also really good to take this time to prepare for a move to a new city and a new university and to make some money so you’re not broke and floundering as soon as you get there. Thirdly, grad programs actually really like it when students take time off. They want to know that you have some kind of real-world life experience and are are, ergo, a more well-rounded human being. They want to see that you’ve done something constructive with your time. They want to see that you’ve done the research and gotten some experience and that you are not only (a) sure this is something you want to do but (b) as well prepared for it as you can be.
But of course, this is just my personal opinion. Food for thought.