Celebrating Shakespeare’s CDLI

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Whether you’re heading to a local event to celebrate The Bard’s work or to an English pub to grab some grub [and talk Shakespeare, of course], the choices around the globe are many. Enjoy Bard-ots!

Here are some of the more original Shakespeare happenings in the Big Apple:

Head up to Central Park for the 5th Annual Shakespeare’s Birthday Sonnet Slam on 24 april. The Sonnet Slam invites 154 readers of all ages to read all 154 sonnets aloud at the Bandshell in Central Park.

The Sonnet Project has continued to grow and evolve with more than half of the 154 sonnets represented. The project is described as “…a tapestry of cinematic art that infuses the poetry of William Shakespeare into the poetry of New York City.”

Or if pure partying and no thinking is your thing, head over to The Drunk Shakespeare Society where one of the society’s members will throw back at least 5 shots of whiskey and then attempt to perform in one of The Bard’s plays.

Down in Washington, DC

At The Folger Shakespeare Library, the annual Bard birthday bash tradition is jam-packed with a day full of festivities. The bonus: The one day of the year when the historic Reading Rooms are open to the public. From performances to Elizabethan crafts, and finally a birthday cake, there’s fun for all.

Over in the UK

Stratford-upon Avon, the home of Will Shakespeare honors the man with parades, pageantry and drama regardless of whether the celebration is a milestone or not. And rightly so.

The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) has a packed programme including free performances and workshops.

Happy Will Day!

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