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Celebrate Shakespeare's 450th birthday in London

Celebrate Shakespeare's 450th birthday in London
6 Jan 2014

Fans of William Shakespeare are being encouraged to celebrate 450 years since his birth in 2014. 

The world famous playwright, who was born in Stratford-upon-Avon on 23 April 1582, will be commemorated throughout the year, with special events taking place both in his hometown and in London, the location of Shakespeare's Globe. 

Special events include the start of the world tour of 'Hamlet Globe to Globe' at the Thameside theatre on the Bard's birthday and a new exhibition at the V&A museum entitled 'Shakespeare: Our Greatest Living Playwright'.

'Hamlet Globe to Globe' is a groundbreaking production that will tour every country in the world over a two-year period, while the V&A's immersive installation will examine how Shakespeare's plays have travelled across centuries. 

Also taking place in the capital in 2014 will be new productions of 'Antony & Cleopatra', 'Julius Caesar' and 'The Comedy of Errors' at the Globe; performances of 'Richard III' at the Rose Theatre, which was originally built in 1587; and a stage adaptation of the Oscar-winning film 'Shakespeare in Love' at the Noel Coward Theatre.

As well as attending these special events, those staying at hotels in the capital can learn more about Shakespeare's life and plays by exploring historic locations such as Middle Temple Hall, where the first performance of 'Twelfth Night' is said to have taken place in 1602, with Queen Elizabeth I among the audience. 

London Walks' 'Shakespeare and Dickens's London' tour is another great way to learn more about the Elizabethan era and get a sense of the context in which the Bard wrote his plays. 

'London is the perfect destination to celebrate Shakespeare's anniversary, as it was here that he debuted some of his most famous plays,' commented Julie Chappell, director of consumer marketing and digital channels at London & Partners, the official promotional organisation for London.

'Hundreds of years later we are still experiencing his astounding legacy through London's theatres, museums and literary attractions.'ADNFCR-408-ID-801678842-ADNFCR

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