Theater-lovers in Britain and around the world are marking the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare. He may have died on his birthday. Shakespeare died on April 23, 1616 in his home town of Stratford-upon-Avon. He's believed to have been born exactly 52 years earlier, though the date is an educated guess -- the earliest record is of his baptism on April 26, 1564. April 23 is also St. George's Day, England's national day.
FILE - A Tuesday April 11, 2017 file photo of Leicester coach Craig Shakespeare laughing during a press conference at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid, Spain. Leicester has hired Craig Shakespeare as its permanent manager on a three-year deal after his successful interim spell in charge of the 2015-16 Premier League champion. Shakespeare replaced title-winning manager Claudio Ranieri in February on a short-term deal and won eight of his 16 games, helping Leicester pull clear of the league's relegation zone.
Have you got what it takes to match William Shakespeare in the spelling department? A new quiz from Playbuzz aims to test whether you know how to spell some common English words attributed to the famous playwright. The Oxford English Dictionary traces the words' earliest use back to plays written by the wordsmith. Scroll down to take the test, answers are in the captions so no cheating! Have you got what it takes to match William Shakespeare in the spelling department?
The original classroom where William Shakespeare is believed to have studied and seen his first plays opens to the public for the first time this weekend. The classroom is owned by the King Edward VI school, the direct successor to the grammar school in Stratford-upon-Avon attended by Shakespeare from about 1571. It will be open to visitors after a 1.8m lottery-funded renovation. Among the discoveries was a hidden pre-Reformation wall painting. Bennet Carr, headmaster of the modern day grammar school, says of the atmospheric building: "If I'm on my own in there sometimes, the hairs stand on the back of my neck."