Because April 23rd is going to be an observ-ance to "beggar all description!" (See what we did, there?).
April 23, 2014 marks the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth and Stratford-upon-Avon will lead the world in the revelry with fireworks, workshops and theater tours. The celebration will culminate in productions of Henry IV parts 1 and 2 performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC).
The RSC is also spearheading a three-year jubilee to mark the occasions of Shakespeare's life and death. Between 2014 and 2016, theatre performances and live streaming cinema will take place around the world.
Check out this website for information on more birthday celebrations, museum exhibits, library projects and the story behind Shakespeare's meet-up with a 20-foot mechanical Lady Godiva!
Closer to home, Optimist Theatre's Ron Scot Fry will be on hand as the Bard of the Hour for a reception for the Racine Literacy Council on April 23rd. Then he's off to Eau Claire where the collected middle schools hold their annual Shakespeare Festival.
How can we help you to celebrate? Inspired by a project we stumbled across on the Internet (thanks, Canada Writes!) we would love to receive your Shakespeare Selfies at our Facebook page! By that we mean -- whatever you want it to mean. Photos of you celebrating Wm Shackspeare. Your written homage to Will Shaxspere. The video of your finger-puppet production of The Merry Wives of Windsor. Ideally, your submission should include you and Shakespeare.