Shakespeare's Birthday

Shakespeare's (William) Birthday

April 23
No one really knows the exact date of William Shakespeare's birth, although he was baptized on April 26, 1564, and died on April 23, 1616. April 23 is also St. George's Day, and this may be why it was decided to observe the birth of England's greatest poet and dramatist on the feast day of England's patron saint. Special pageants are held at Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire, where Shakespeare was born and where thousands of tourists go each year to see his plays performed.
Stratford-upon-Avon Tourist Information Center
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire CV37 6GW United Kingdom
44-17-8929-3127; fax: 44-17-8929-5262
The Shakespeare Centre
Henley St.
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire CV37 6QW United Kingdom
44-17-8920-4016; fax: 44-17-8926-3138
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BkDays-1864, vol. I, p. 542
DictDays-1988, p. 109
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SHAKESPEARE'S Birthday Celebrations , Stratford-on-Avon.
Marking the UNESCO international day of the book, as well as Shakespeare's birthday, volunteers will be giving away specially-printed titles across the UK aimed at encouraging people to read for pleasure.
The winning entry from the RSC's current Shakespeare's Birthday Song Competition will also get its first public performance.
Teesside MPs welcomed the proposal as a good idea, but only Redcar's Member Vera Baird could recall that St George's Day is April 23, the same as Shakespeare's birthday.
MP Nadhim Zahawi (Con) urged ministers to give official recognition to Shakespeare's birthday on April 23, which is also St George's Day.
World Book Night takes place on April 23, 2014 - Shakespeare's birthday, and is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization supported by UPS, authors, publishers, the American Booksellers Association, the American Library Association, Barnes & Noble, and Ingram.
Other forthcoming Radio 3 dramas include Sir Kenneth Branagh and Alex Kingston playing the title roles in Antony And Cleopatra to mark Shakespeare's birthday on April 20.
On the anniversary of Shakespeare's birthday, the group of drama students heard the good news that they had won one of 12 slots to perform at a special event in Stratford-Upon-Avon.
ONE Mercutio came face to face with another yesterday as a sculpture of the Shakespearean character was unveiled on Shakespeare's birthday.
APRIL 23: Stratford-upon-Avon marks Shakespeare's birthday with a series of pageants, music and plays.
A highlight of the year is the celebration of William Shakespeare's birthday in April, a costume ball filled with good food, games, music and delightful doings including the crowning of a King and Queen to reign over festivities.
TOURISTS and thespians turned up in their hundreds yesterday to watch a parade for William Shakespeare's birthday.