Today is Shakespeare's 448th birthday and people around the world will be remembering our most celebrated playwright in birthday celebrations.
This year with the launch of the World Shakespeare Festival, this year's Bard birthday is extra special.
In fact, it seems almost impossible to imagine a world without Shakespeare. His influence has been pervasive - his work is central to our literary and theatrical traditions and his writing has touched our modern everyday language. I know it's a cliché, but in many ways Shakespeare still lives and breathes in our contemporary culture.
I urge you to mark the day in one way or another and wish the Bard a happy 448th! Undoubtedly, there will be some kind of event taking place in your neighborhood this week, but if you can't attend, I've put together some Shakespeare-related family activities. Why not throw your own Bard birthday bash in the comfort of your own home?
Happy birthday, Shakespeare ... and many happy returns!
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