UNITED KINGDOM: William Shakespeare’s hometown is bracing for a surge in visitors from around the world this month as it marks 400 years since the death of the foremost playwright in the English language.
A parade to Shakespeare’s grave and fireworks will round off a day of theatre, music and parades in the picture-postcard streets of Stratford-upon-Avon.
And some of Britain’s finest actors are returning to the town’s Royal Shakespeare Theatre to perform his most celebrated scenes, in a special show on the April 23 anniversary.
Oscar-winners Judi Dench and Helen Mirren lead a cast including Ian McKellen, Benedict Cumberbatch, Antony Sher, Joseph Fiennes and David Suchet for the “Shakespeare Live!” performance.
Prince Charles, the heir to the throne, will attend the show, broadcast live on British television and in European cinemas.
“It’s going to be a total jamboree, a real festival feeling,” said Geraldine Collinge, the Royal Shakespeare Company’s director of events and exhibitions.
“It is a logistical challenge as well as a great artistic one.”