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Happy birthday (and also death day), William Shakespeare

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Four hundred and fifty-three years ago today (or thereabouts, nobody is quite sure), William Shakespeare, the greatest playwright who ever lived, was born. Yay!

And 400 years ago today, he died. 

Which is sad, but the past is the past, eh? The quad-centenary of The Bard's passing is an excuse for all manner of fun events, gloriously joined together under the title #Shakespeare400.

London being where he worked and lived – Stratford-upon-Avon can do one – we're throwing the biggest celebration of them all to mark the date, and here's how you can get involved.

Take 'The Complete Walk': for two days only, Shakespeare's Globe is festooning Bankside with 37 giant outdoor screens, each of which will show a special ten-minute film about one of Shakespeare's plays. It runs from 10am today and tomorrow, and is both free and a once-in-a-lifetime event.
See our map and guide to the plays.

See a Shakespeare play: there are lots and lots of Shakespeare' plays on in London this weekend, include the Globe's 'Hamlet', back from a two-year tour to every country on the planet. 
See Shakespeare plays in London.

Watch David Tennant host a big Shakespeare party on the telly. Yeah, when I said Stratford can do one – you really should tune in to the RSC's mega Shakespeare gala at 8.30pm tonight on BBC2, in which erstwhile Timelord Tennant will host a night of Bardolatory live from the Midlands, with readings and performances from the likes of Benedict Cumberbatch, Helen Mirren, and Prince Charles(!). See more info here.

Do something else Shakespeare-related. From talks to walks to exhibitions, you can get your Bard on without even seeing a play. 
See our round-up of Shakespeare events here.

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