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Prince Charles takes to the stage at Shakespeare gala

Prince Charles has made his acting debut with the Royal Shakespeare Company, appearing on stage in Stratford with a host of British acting talent to round off a day of celebration marking 400 years since the death of William Shakespeare.

The Prince, who has been the patron of the RSC for 25 years, asked "might I have a word" as he walked on stage to deliver the famous line "To be or not to be, that is the question".

The line, from Shakespeare's Hamlet, brought laughs and applause from a packed audience at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.

Prince Charles arrives in Stratford for Shakespeare celebrations

Prince Charles has arrived in Stratford-upon-Avon this afternoon to join in the celebrations that have been organised to mark the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death.

During his visit to the bard's hometown the Prince of Wales will be shown around Shakespeare's family home and visit an exhibition, before being joined by the Duchess of Cornwall for a 'Shakespeare Live' theatre performance.


Shakespeare memorial parade begins in Stratford

A funeral-style parade honouring 400 years since the death of playwright William Shakespeare has begun in his hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon.

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The parade, which began on a rather sombre note, is due to end on a more upbeat level with a performance from the New Orleans jazz band.

It is one of a series of events up and down the country honouring the landmark occasion anniversary.

Crowds line streets of Stratford ahead of Shakespeare parade

Hundreds of people have started lining the streets of Stratford ahead of a parade marking 400 years since Shakespeare's death.

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Many of them wearing special 'William Shakespeare' masks, the crowds were due to be treated to a walk of remembrance, ending with a performance by the New Orleans jazz band.

Barack Obama tours Shakespeare's Globe theatre

US President Barack Obama has visited Shakespeare's Globe theatre in London, as celebrations marking 400 years since the playwright's death take place up and down the country.

President Obama visited the Globe Theatre

Accompanied by Patrick Spottiswoode, director of Globe Education, the president was given an early-morning tour of the Southwark playhouse - a reconstruction of the 1599 Globe theatre where many of Shakespeare's greatest works were performed.

He was also treated to a brief performance of scenes from Hamlet by a company of 16, featuring folk music from the era.

The President was taken on a tour of the theatre

Clapping loudly as the performance ended, Mr Obama was invited to join the actors on stage.

"Let me shake hands with everyone. That was wonderful," he said.

"I don't want it to stop."

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