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It's William Shakespeare's birthday on Sunday! Yay Shakespeare!

Andrzej Lukowski

April 23 means one thing for fans of everyone's favourite Brummie-turned-Londoner: it's William Shakespeare's birthday. Had his immortality extended to more than just his writing, Big Will would be celebrating his sweet 453rd birthday this Sunday. As it is, London will mark his big day (also, coincidentally, the 401st anniversary of his death) in the usual way: a new outdoor season at Shakespeare's Globe which kicks off with an apparently very loud production of 'Romeo and Juliet'.

If you've not got tickets, then chill the hell out and read our list of 20 fascinating facts about the Globe, or enjoy our reader vote from last year of the top ten Shakespeare plays of all time. Or if you want a heads up on Shakespeare productions coming to London generally, check out our Shakespeare homepage.

In other news, Rory Kinnear and Ben Whishaw will star at the new theatre at Tower Bridge

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