To be or not to be, four hundred and fifty

BY Justin Scuiletti  April 23, 2014 at 12:24 PM EDT
The "Chandos" portrait of William Shakespeare.

The “Chandos” portrait of William Shakespeare.

Today’s the day of poet Shakespeare’s birth
Four hundred fifty years would be his age.
With celebrations all around the Earth
It is a fact that “all the world’s a stage”

In honor of Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, enjoy these facts and to thee friends relay:

  • William Shakespeare’s birthplace of Stratford-upon-Avon, located in Warwickshire, England, is holding a week long celebration of the bard’s birth. Events being held in the Elizabethan town include a Shakespeare marathon and half-marathon, tours of where the poet was taught and a performance of Henry IV part I culminating in a theater rooftop fireworks display.
  • The Globe Theater is launching an ambitious two-year tour of “Hamlet,” where they aim to play in every country in the world. The tour will end April 2016 in Denmark, where the character of Hamlet was prince.
  • Wednesday is also “Talk Like Shakespeare Day.” If you need to brush up on your Shakespearean, the Chicago Shakespeare Theater is happy to help. They even have an anthem for this year’s celebration:

Did not thou hear? Several websites put up their own tributes to Shakespeare:

For you who want more of the bard, ’tis common for the Newshour to do-eth stories in which he has starred: