UK marks 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death
Legacy of famous playwright has been celebrated by Britons across UK.
LONDON (AA) – Across the U.K, thousands have celebrated the legacy of William Shakespeare on Saturday, which marks the 400th anniversary of the playwright's death.
Shakespeare's birthplace, Stratford, has been the center of events for those who wanted to honor him.
Hundreds attended a parade in Stratford wearing Shakespeare facemasks. People wearing the clothes from his era have took to the streets in his hometown.
Prince Charles also visited the house of the playwright and the exhibitions in the town. He will attend, with his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla, a play on Saturday night at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon. The play, celebrating Shakespeare’s life, will be televised in the U.K.
In London, the Globe Theater, which was designed by Shakespeare himself and built in 1599, was the site of several events.
U.S. President Barack Obama made a morning visit to the playhouse in Southwark on Saturday to mark the anniversary of the famous poet. The Globe Theater, which collapsed in 1644, was rebuilt in 1997 and opened by Queen Elizabeth II.
Along the Thames River in London, the plays of the writer have been shown on large screens all day.
British Prime Minister David Cameron also published a message, in which he described Shakespeare as the “world’s greatest writer”.
“Shakespeare’s genius captivated and changed the world, and men and women across England continue to do that today,” he stated.
William Shakespeare has written almost 40 plays and 150 sonnets. He died when he was 52 years old, on April 23, 1616. His grave is in Stratford where he was born. According to some records, the famous playwright was also born on April 23.