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Happy Birthday, Shakespeare! Fun ways to celebrate the Bard's birthday!

Happy Birthday, Shakespeare!  Fun ways to celebrate the Bard's birthday!

Happy Birthday, William Shakespeare! He would be a sprightly 456 years old this year and in spite of that, his works are still being produced and seemingly as relevant ever. Wondering how with everything closed what is the best way to celebrate the Bard's birthday?

The Old Globe

The Old Globe is throwing a virtual birthday party and everyone is invited! This is their 5th annual Happy Birthday, Mr. Shakespeare! celebration and just because everyone has to stay home won't stop them this year!

Saturday, April 25th from 11am - 1pm they will offer the following events on their The Old Globe Arts Engagement's Facebook page.

Want to write a sonnet hip hop style? Want to make your own ruff to wear once we're allowed to leave our houses again? Maybe learn some makeup and character from the San Diego Ballet?

Family-friendly offerings include the below and more!:

  • An introduction and speech from Shakespeare performed by Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein

  • Hip-hop sonnet writing workshop by Teaching Artist and hip-hop artist Miki Vale

  • Creative ruff-making craft offered by Master Teaching Artist and Programs Manager Lisel Gorell-Getz

  • A makeup and character workshop from A Midsummer Night's Dream with San Diego Ballet

  • A Henry V Saint Crispin's Day speech performed by actors in The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program

PBS Great Performances

PBS Great Performances series has many of Shakespeare's plays ready for viewing with their all-star productions. To celebrate Shakespeare you can't go wrong with The Public Theatre's production from last summer of MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING at the Free Shakespeare in the Park.

Just click here to go to their streaming page

Shakespeare's Globe Streaming Live

Go to the Globes streaming player (click here) to see the current streaming show which is their 2009 production of ROMEO & JULIET featuring Adetomiwa Edun and Ellie Kendrick as the young lovers. Click here to go to the streaming player. This show is available through Saturday, May 3rd.

National Theatre Live

Just in time for his birthday celebration National Theatre, Tamsin Greig, and the all-star cast bring Shakespeare's mistaken identity romantic comedy. Available from 7pm UK time on Thursday, April 23rd through 7pm UK on Thursday, April 30th. Click here for their youtube channel

Technically his birthday is thought to be on April, 23rd for those who are sticklers for dates, but that's the best guess based on historical documents recording baptisms. So you can really celebrate by doing all of these whenever you want in April!

Graphic credit: The Old Globe

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