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All the world's a stage for Shakespeare's 450th birthday

Published on Apr 24, 2014 6:28 AM
 
Members of the cast of a new touring production of William Shakespeare's Hamlet perform during a photocall at the Globe theatre in London on April 23, 2014. William Shakespeare's plays are to be performed in mid-air as Britain celebrates the 450th anniversary of his birth this week, while a tour of Hamlet aims to reach every country on Earth. -- PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (AFP) - William Shakespeare's plays are to be performed in mid-air as Britain celebrates the 450th anniversary of his birth this week, while a tour of Hamlet aims to reach every country on Earth.

Shakespeare, the English language's greatest playwright, was baptised on April 26, 1564, and his birthday is traditionally observed on April 23.

The anniversary is being marked with attempts to bring the legendary bard to fresh audiences and capitalise on one of Britain's best cultural exports.

The Reduced Shakespeare Company comic troupe was to attempt to set a world record on Wednesday by performing a one-hour version of his complete works at 37,000 feet.

 
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