Shakespeare's 450th anniversary festival
A year-long celebration
The iconic William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in England, his exact date of birth is unknown but he is recorded to have been baptised on 26 April, 1564 and to have died aged 52, on April 23, 1616.
To celebrate the English writers life there will be a series of events across England throughout the year, including two exhibitions and a week in March, dedicated to Shakespeare where schools, libraries, and cinemas will explore his celebrated history of work.
London, was the setting to some of Shakespeare's first plays, and will host several events mainly at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, a few of the theatre performances will also be streamed live around the world.
Shakespeare's hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon will celebrate his birthday with parades, pageantry, music, and special events at the Shakespeare Houses.
The Victoria and Albert Museum in London will mark the 450th anniversary with two exhibitions, 'Shakespeare: Greatest Living Playwright' and 'Shakespeare at the V&A' as well as having a 4-week short course called 'Shakespeare in Performance'.
Shakespeare Week (March 17 to 23) will also be celebrated in schools, theatres, museums, galleries, historic sites, cinemas, and libraries across Britain.