This year is the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death. He died on April 23, 1616. This is also the 452nd anniversary of his birth. Since he was baptized on April 26, 1564 and since children were usually baptized three days after their birth, April 23 has always been celebrated as his birthday. Given this anniversary there are many special events that are taking place throughout the world as a tribute to all that Shakespeare contributed through his plays and poetry.
Last year, we asked our son Paul to discuss the upcoming events on Theatre Talk. Besides having studied at Shakespeare and Company, Paul is the founder and director of Instant Shakespeare. He also supervised the publication of Neil Freeman’s edition of the First Folio of Shakespeare’s plays.