• Hometown marks shakespeare 400th DEATH anniversary


    STRATFORD-UPON-AVON, United Kingdom: William Shakespeare’s hometown is bracing for a surge in visitors from around the world this month as it marks 400 years since the death of the foremost playwright in the English language. A parade to Shakespeare’s grave and fireworks will round off a day of theater, dancing, music and parades in the picture-postcard streets of Stratford-upon-Avon. And some of Britain’s finest actors are returning to the town’s Royal Shakespeare Theatre to perform his most celebrated scenes, in a special show on the April 23 anniversary. Oscar-winners Judi Dench and Helen Mirren lead a cast including Ian McKellen, Benedict Cumberbatch, Antony Sher, Joseph Fiennes and David Suchet for the “Shakespeare Live!” performance. Prince Charles, the heir to the throne, will attend the show, broadcast live on British television and in European cinemas.



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