St George’s Day – The World Shakespeare Festival

Today we celebrate Shakespeare’s Birthday on England’s Saint-Day. My father was born in Bolton, Lancashire, England, so our family celebrate the Saint-Days of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. And I have always loved Shakespeare, having played Edward IV in Richard III and Julius Caesar in Julius Caesar as a boy in Bangor Grammar School. The World Shakespeare Festival starts today. 
God for Harry, England and Sain George!
This illumination is taken from The Folio Society limited edition of
The Fitzwilliam Book of Hours.St George and the Dragon
This St George’s Day, experience the past glories of English valour in the present glories of English publishing. The Letterpress Henry Vis designed as the perfect reading edition – how better to recall Henry’s stirring speech demanding you stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood?It is fitting that Shakespeare’s birthday should also be celebrated on 23 April, and today the RSC launches the World Shakespeare Festival. Running until November, this is an unprecedented acknowledgement of Shakespeare’s status as the world’s favourite playwright, with almost 70 different productions and over 1,000,000 tickets available.In its own way, the Folio Society’s Letterpress Shakespeareseries is unprecedented. We have now published 28 plays and the entire series is due to be completed by 2014. Kind regards,Suzanne Holdsworth
Limited Editions Manager

About the Festival

The World Shakespeare Festival (WSF) is a celebration of Shakespeare as the world’s playwrightProduced by the Royal Shakespeare Company, in an unprecedented collaboration with leading UK and international arts organisations, and with Globe to Globe, a major international programme produced by Shakespeare’s Globe, it’s the biggest celebration of Shakespeare ever staged. Almost 60 partners are coming together to bring the Festival alive. 38 plays will be performed in 38 languages, including  a Maori version of Troilus and Cressida. Thousands of artists from around the world will take part in almost 70 productions, plus supporting events and exhibitions, right across the UK, including London, Stratford-upon-Avon, Newcastle/Gateshead, Birmingham, Wales and Scotland and online.Over one million tickets are on sale. It runs from 23 April to November 2012 and forms part of London 2012 Festival, which is the culmination of the Cultural Olympiad  bringing leading artists from all over the world together in a UK-wide festival this summer.   The World Shakespeare Festival is supported by the National Lottery through the Olympic Lottery Distributor, by Arts Council England and by BP, as Founding Presenting Partner. 
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