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Happy birthday William Shakespeare and RIP

As you probably already know, the 23rd April is the traditional date for celebrating the birth of William Shakespeare, playwright, poet and actor. We don't know his actual birthdate, as it was not recorded, but we know that he was baptised on 26th April 1564 and baptisms usually took place within a few days of birth. St George's Day seems a good day to celebrate the Bard's birthday.

23rd April is also, sadly, the anniversary of Shakespeare's death. He died on 23rd April 1616 and was laid to rest in the chancel of Holy Trinity Church, in his hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon.

Last year, I marked this anniversary with a Claire Chats talk on William Shakespeare and you can click here to view that now. I also shared links to further resources with that video.

I also did a video about my visit to Shakespeare's resting place and you can click here to view that.

Here are some more resources for you:

You can also use the search box to find other Shakespeare articles and resources.

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Happy birthday William Shakespeare and RIP