William Shakespeare turns 450

One of the UK's greatest cultural icons, William Shakespeare, will be commemorated up and down the country as part of the 450th anniversary of his birth. The prolific playwright was baptised three days after his birth, on 26 April 1564.

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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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