Historians have assumed that the third child (and oldest surviving son) of John Shakespeare and Mary Arden was baptized at roughly three days old. April 23rd is a convenient date to designate, being that it is also St. George's Day (patron saint of England) AND the date on which Shakespeare died in 1616. The symmetry is just too much to let go.
But, of course, it is no longer the 16th century, and we love birthdays. So, we take advantage of the uncertainty surrounding wee Will's birth date to just celebrate for a week or more, calling it close enough, and then stuffing our faces with cake and iambic pentameter! Which is one of the ways that we'll be celebrating: Shakespeare in the Park Members will be gathering for some cake and fun at a party on Friday.
Give Will Birthday Gifts!!!
We're also giving you the opportunity to give Will some birthday gifts, in the form of supporting this year's production of Much Ado About Nothing!
Thanks for playing along with us -- and for supporting free professional performance of Shakespeare in Milwaukee!