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Happy Birthday, Mr. Shakespeare!

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The Old Globe would like to invite friends, Romans, countrymen—all of San Diego, in fact—to join us in celebrating our resident playwright William Shakespeare’s 400th Birthday on Saturday, April 23, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., on the Globe’s Copley Plaza and in the Craig Noel Garden, as well as in the Old Globe and Sheryl and Harvey White Theatres, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. This festive day of family activities is free and open to the public as part of the Globe’s ongoing commitment to programs that serve all of San Diego County. Don your best doublet and ruff—or come as you are. And did we mention cake?!

Birthday games and activities will run the gamut of eras from Elizabethan to today. Globe alumni, musicians Clinton Davis and Mark Danisovszky will recount the hits of Shakespeare’s day, as local artist and DJ Miki Vale drops the banging-est beats, backing up our first ever Sonnet Karaoke, led by five of our illustrious Shakespeareans from The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program. Challengers welcome—bring your own sonnet or monologue memorized—or chose one of our selections.

The doors to our indoor theatres will be wide open for you to explore, with a fabulous costume exhibit in the Globe lobby and informative docents on hand to answer questions.

Shakespeare-themed activities on the Plaza will include life-sized board games. In the garden, little ones are welcome to create their own Shakespearean puppets and perform in an interactive puppet theatre show. Grab a photo of your friends in the stocks or as the original Queen Mum, Elizabeth I. It’ll be a festive day suitable for the whole family!

Don’t forget to stick around for the aforementioned cake at 12 noon and to unwrap Shakespeare’s birthday present. Hot local bakery Cake, winners of Food Network’s “Cake Wars” in July 2015, have created a special Shakespearean bust birthday cake (and mini cupcakes). Yum!

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