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Reading by Damian Lewis for Shakespeare's 450th birthday

Hollywood star Damian Lewis has returned to the London’s Guildhall, where he was a drama student, for a celebration of Shakespeare’s 450th birthday.

The Homeland actor, 43, recited the first five sonnets in the Guildhall Library to an audience. Below he reads Sonnet 1 by William Shakespeare:

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Globe Theatre to mark Shakespeare's birthday with world tour

The Globe Theatre London will today open a two year world tour of the production of Hamlet in honor of the Bard's 450th birthday. The production of one of William Shakespeare's most famous plays will visit every single country on earth

The actor Damien Lewis will also begin a reading of every single Shakespeare sonnet at the Guildhall, London to also mark the historic event.


Best of England on show in London

An exhibition showcasing the best of England, from the Beatles to Bakewell pudding, will open on St George's Day.

VisitEngland asked the public to submit their suggestions for the ultimate hall of fame, across six categories, in February.

Submissions for inclusion in the free exhibition, at Observation Point on London's Southbank, included fictional character Harry Potter and One Direction's Harry Styles as well as Earl Grey tea and Scotch.

The exhibition will be open from April 23 until April 30.

Coldplay to perform at Royal Albert Hall

Coldplay will perform at London's Royal Albert Hall this summer as they continue to promote their forthcoming new album.

Coldplay are set to return to London this summer. Credit: PA Wire

The band will play at the famous venue on July 1 although ticket details are yet to be announced.

The performances will be the first since Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow announced their separation last month.

Their sixth studio album, Ghost Stories, is set to be released on May 19.

War Horse musicians fail to win order over job losses

The five musicians were made redundant from the show's New London Theatre last month. Credit: PA

Five musicians in the West End production of War Horse have failed to win an order preventing the National Theatre replacing them with a pre-recorded soundtrack.

Neyire Ashworth, Andrew Callard, Jonathan Eddie, David Holt and Colin Rae were all made redundant from the show's New London Theatre run last month after their contracts were terminated, and had requested a temporary order preserving their employment until the case could be tried.

However, Mr Justice Cranston said he was not going to grant the group a temporary injunction during the hearing at London's High Court.


Sir Tom Jones to headline summer Hype Park gig

Sir Tom Jones will headline the British Summer Time Gig in Hyde Park, central London this summer.

Sir Tom Jones is currently a coach on the BBC talent show The Voice. Credit: PA Wire

"I love playing in Hyde Park, it's such a beautiful place and so many of the greats have played there. There is a real sense of musical history and a fantastic atmosphere that comes with playing in the middle of a great London park on a wonderful summer evening," Jones said.

Other acts due to perform at the event on Sunday July 13 include Irish band Boyzone, X Factor winners Little Mix and veteran group 10cc.

It was announced yesterday that another music legend Stevie Wonder would be topping the bill at the Calling Festival in Clapham in June.

Stevie Wonder to headline at the Calling Festival

Stevie Wonder has signed up to close the show at the two-day Calling Festival. Credit: PA Wire

Stevie Wonder will perform at the Calling Festival in Clapham Common this summer.

The musician will headline the event on Sunday June 29 with Aerosmith set to be the main attraction the night before.

Live Nation's vice president of promotions Toby Leighton-Pope said: "We're thrilled to welcome Stevie Wonder to Calling Festival. His music is timeless and this show will be one of the highlights of the summer!"

More acts for the two-day festival will be announced in due course, organisers said.

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