LONDON (TheBlaze/AP) — If all the world was a stage, William Shakespeare would be its architect.
The 400th anniversary of the playwright's death is being marked across Britain with parades, church services and — of course — stage performances.
Shakespeare died on April 23, 1616, his 52nd birthday.
The Duke of Edinburgh, @The_Globe Patron, will today attend a service marking #Shakespeare400 at Southwark Cathedral https://t.co/7nQNbAG1AE— The Royal Family (@The Royal Family)1461403981.0
President Barack Obama is visiting Shakespeare's Globe theatre in London on Saturday, and the Royal Shakespeare Company is mounting a stage extravaganza with performances by Judi Dench, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ian McKellen — and even Prince Charles.
. @POTUS celebrating #Shakespeare400 & the English language, the prism through which we share so much. #ObamaInUK https://t.co/0xgoAAFujv— Ambassador Johnson (@Ambassador Johnson)1461411417.0
Celebrations took place Saturday in Shakespeare's hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon, where a special parade was held in his honor.
Stratford prepares to celebrate #Shakespeare400 https://t.co/xE9iJIGvyh— Al Murray - DKMS.ORG.UK (@Al Murray - DKMS.ORG.UK)1461403005.0
Around the world, the Bard is more popular than ever. Dominic Dromgoole, artistic director of Shakespeare's Globe, says the playwright's popularity is only likely to grow.
He says "we haven't scratched the surface of how far and how deep he can speak to different communities."
Twitter users honored the beloved playwright by sharing favorite works, quotes, insults and biographical trivia using the hashtag #Shakespeare400:
Happy #Shakespeare400! What is your favourite phrase or expression that was coined by the Bard? #ShakespeareLives https://t.co/UEgWiDBfhM— Penguin Books UK (@Penguin Books UK)1461406502.0
Celebrating #Shakespeare400 by insulting my partner and flatmate using Shakespearian insults!— Dewi Evans (@Dewi Evans)1461367357.0
Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind; and therefore is winged Cupid painted blind. #Shakespeare400— Suvalagna Chandra (@Suvalagna Chandra)1461406334.0
#Shakespeare400 Astonishing. https://t.co/fDQzjb0tw3— James Rhodes (@James Rhodes)1461406183.0
What does Shakespeare have to do with the Revolutionary War? https://t.co/755FdXn37C #Shakespeare400 https://t.co/zZ2EI8Rrur— NY Public Library (@NY Public Library)1461364213.0
It's #Shakespeare400! Good time to examine your life through the lens of enduring tragedy? https://t.co/s0DI5jkSca https://t.co/OSh6AJQEwN— Strand Book Store (@Strand Book Store)1461171064.0