Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary
William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon. He was born on 23rd April, 1564. He died on 23rd April, 1616. It is the 400th anniversary of his death this year.
People in Stratford-upon-Avon celebrate. They go to the streets. They wear masks of Shakespeare or dress as people in Shakespeare’s plays.
A jazz band from New Orleans comes. They play a “New Orleans funeral”.
Difficult words: was (past of “is”), died (past of “die”), anniversary (the day when something important happened years ago).
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William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon on 23rd April, 1564 and he died on exactly the same day in 1616.
Thousands of people in his hometown took to the streets to celebrate the 400th anniversary of his death. People dressed as Shakespearean characters or wore the mask of Shakespeare’s face.
A jazz band from New Orleans played what’s known as a “New Orleans funeral”.
Difficult words: anniversary (the date when something happened years ago), character (a person in a play, book, or film).
You can read the original story in the Level 3 section.
There was a real carnivalesque atmosphere in Stratford-upon-Avon, the home of William Shakespeare, as thousands took to the streets to honour England’s most famous playwright on the 400th anniversary of his death. The procession saw participants dressed as Shakespearean characters while carrying a floral tribute through the town, as crowds, many wearing masks of the bard‘s face, watched on, waved flags and threw rosemary branches to create a walkway of remembrance.
“Hip hip! Hurray! Hip hip! Hurray! Hip hip hip! Hurray!”
A jazz band from New Orleans gave what’s known as a “New Orleans funeral”, and a rendition of happy birthday for the British icon, who was born on 23rd April, 1564, and died on exactly the same day in 1616.
Gerald French flew over to play drums, and spoke of Shakespeare’s global impact:
“I was forced to read aloud a lot of his work in school, some of it I understood, some of it, I didn’t. But a very prolific writer. Yes.”
Madam Mayor of Stratford-upon-Avon, Tessa Bates, reflected on what Shakespeare’s hometown must have meant to him:
“Well, it must have influenced him because I think his stories and plays are about his life and people he knows, so everything around him must have influenced him.”
“Oh, definitely Stratford! I mean, how could it not? It’s the most beautiful place to have grown up, isn’t it?”
Difficult words: carnivalesque (like a carnival; exciting, happy, fun), tribute (something that shows respect), bard (a poet), remembrance (the action of remembering something), rendition (a performance), prolific (producing many works), influence (to change).