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by Bryony Harrison (subscribe)
Freelance writer and poet from London; if you would like to read my poetry, please check out my book, 'Poems on the Page', available from
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Happy Birthday Shakey

On the 23rd April 1564 a baby was born, who would change the world of literature forever. His name was William Shakespeare. He is probably the most famous literary figure in history, having written hundreds of poems and thirty-seven published plays.

This year he turns 449 years old, and the Globe Theatre, seemingly unable to wait until his 450th anniversary, a giving Shakespeare a Birthday Whirligig, with events spanning from 20th April - 9th August. Experience midnight performances (watch out for pesky fairies), stand-up comedy, and scenic walks, as well as a number of educational events.

Sonnet Walks
Saturday 20th April, 10am-12.45pm, 14-18

Take a historic stroll through London and meet some bards as they recite Shakespearian sonnets. Walks start every fifteen minutes, and can be booked by calling 020 7401 9919.

Shakespeare's Birthday Open House
Sunday 21st April, 12pm 5pm, Free

A fascinating exhibition with theatre, games, and Prospero-inspired magical mayhem.

The Birthday Whirligig
Sunday 21st April, 7pm, 10-30

Music, Magic, and Merriment from The Magic Numbers, Piff the Magic Dragon, and Bridget Christie.

Comedy Store Players
Monday 22 July, 8pm, 5-39

Six improvising comedians to tickle your funny bone.

Midnight Matinees
Midnight, 15-32

Watch three of Shakespeare's plays at midnight, including The Taming of the Shrew on 21st June, A Midsummer Night's Dream on 12th July, and The Tempest on 9th August.
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Why? Celebrate Shakespeare's Birthday
When: 20th April - 9th Aug
Phone: 020 7401 9919
Where: Globe Theatre
Cost: 5-39
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