Celebrating Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday

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Today in 1366 Henry IV King of England was born, to coincide with this, and in the run up to Shakespeare's birthday on the 23 April, we have released the first in a series of films from the new productions of Henry IV Parts I and II, and we have announced the first ever live twitter interview by an RSC Artistic Director to take place on 23 April which will be Shakespeare's 450th birthday.

Plus during April primary school children across England can join the birthday celebrations by experiencing Shakespeare through the eyes of some of the world's most prominent actors - thanks to the RSC Shakespeare Toolkit for Primary Teachers.

A series of films will be released over the forthcoming weeks and provide an insight into the characters of Henry IV Parts I and II by the actors who have developed their roles since the start of the year when rehearsals began. The first of these released today is Antony Sher on Falstaff.

Artistic Director Gregory Doran will be taking to Twitter for the very first time to answer questions live from 10am on 23 April 2014, submitted using #AskGreg. Gregory will answer questions via the RSC's twitter account @TheRSC for one hour. Questions can be submitted from today, and as many questions as possible will be answered. Named by the Sunday Time as 'one of the great Shakespearians of his generation', this will be a rare opportunity for people to have any questions they have about Shakespeare's work answered in 140 characters.

As a result of a grant from the Department for Education and to coincide with Shakespeare's 450th birthday celebrations, the RSC Shakespeare Toolkit for Primary Teachers has been sent to every state-maintained primary school in England. The toolkit promotes an active, 'playful' approach to Shakespeare's plays and uses practical techniques developed in the RSC's rehearsal rooms to help primary age children tune into the language, characters and stories.

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