Today marks the 450th anniversary of world renowned poet and playwright, William Shakespeare’s birthday, and so in his honor, the travel experts at FlipKey have rounded up the top five ways to join in the celebrations of one of the most brilliant writers who ever lived.
Shakespeare’s Birthday Procession (April 26)
"Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them."
Taking place in Stratford-upon-Avon, birthplace of Shakespeare, thousands of people will line the streets in the town center to watch the 450th Birthday Celebrations Procession which leaves the Great Garden of New Place in Chapel Lane at 10:30am and continues down Chapel Lane, past the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, along Waterside, and into Bridge Street. From there, the ceremony of Handing Over The Quill will take place, flags will be unfurled, bugles will play, balloons will be released and the Band of the West Midlands Fire Service will lead everyone in singing Happy Birthday.
Create a Shakespeare Selfie! (now until May 9)
"All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts..."
In honor of Will’s day of birth, Canada Writes is challenging Shakespeare fans to create a selfie, but not the modern day selfie you might be thinking – instead, create the Shakespearean version of the selfie, aka: a soliloquie. From now until May 9, Canada Writes is asking Canadians to take a Shakespearean character, put him or her into a present-day situation and write a new soliloquie for that character. Prize: two iPad minis.
Royal Shakespeare Company Fireworks Display (April 26)
"Better three hours too soon than a minute too late."
Taking place in Stratford-upon-Avon in and around The Royal Shakespeare Theatre, there will be a fireworks display from the rooftop of the theater. The display will feature an eight meter high fire drawing depicting Shakespeare’s face and on Saturday, April 26th the theater will be hosting free workshops, activities and performance.
Shakespeare Concert (April 26)
"Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once."
Singing Shakespeare will feature works by composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim and Gary Carpenter, this two year project launches on Saturday, April 26 in Holy Trinity Church (Stratford-upon-Avon) with the goal being to encourage choirs worldwide to recreate the works of Shakespeare with a musical twist.
Shakespeare and Company Book Store (April 26)
"To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man."
Visit the famous Shakespeare and Company book store in Paris on Wednesday, April 26 for performances of Shakespeare-inspired songs, speeches and poetry and culminate in a performance of Tom Stoppard’s adaption of Hamlet.
Bonus: Shakespeare Infographic
"Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow, that I shall say good night till it be morrow."
…and in honor of good ole Will’s birthday, check out this infographic highlighting some impressive facts on Shakespeare including this – “it’s estimated that Shakespeare’s works are being performed somewhere in the world every minute.” Read more by clicking on this infographic.