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Happy Bards-day: six way to celebrate Shakespeare’s 450th birthday today

Posted at 8:00 am, April 23, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment, Fun London

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When you’ve achieved LITERARY IMMORTALITY (the best type of immortality), your 450th birthday is not a big one, and wherever he is, one imagines William Shakespeare is having a quiet one today (probably a really, really, really quiet one). For us mere twenty-first century mortals, though, Willy’s sweet 450 is a fine excuse for a knees up, and as ever Shakespeare’s Globe is leading the charge.

The weather may be more ‘Tempest’ than ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ at the moment, but rain or shine the Globe’s outdoor season opens today with possibly the most insanely overambitious touring show ever devised – a production of ‘Hamlet’ that’ll be touring every single country on the entire planet. Seriously. We interviewed Ladi Emeruwa and Naeem Hayat, the two men who’ll be playing Hamlet for the next two years – you can read all about it here.

Other ways you can get your Bard on in London today:

Try and grab a return for Sam Mendes’s ‘King Lear’ at the National Theatre

Snag a ticket to see the Royal Ballet’s ‘The Winter’s Tale’ at the ROH.

Head over to the V&A to see its ‘Shakespeare: Greatest Living Playwright’ exhibition.

Bake a Bard-themed cake for the chance to win a holiday to Stratford-upon-Avon with the V&A’s ‘Cakespeare’ competition.

Or if you can’t be bothered to leave the house, why not check out this faintly inexplicable video of Lego Shakespeare and Lego William Shatner having a fight?

Find out more at timeout.com/shakespeare.

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