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UK marks 400 years since Shakespeare died

Associated Press Associated Press 23/04/2016

The 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death is being marked across Britain with parades, church services and - of course - stage performances. The play's the thing, after all.

Shakespeare died on April 23, 1616, his 52nd birthday.

US President Barack Obama was visiting Shakespeare's Globe theatre in London on Saturday, and the Royal Shakespeare Company was mounting a stage extravaganza with performances by Judi Dench, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ian McKellen - and even Prince Charles.

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".

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