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Happy Birthday Shakespeare!

It’s Shakespeare’s 450th birthday tomorrow so crack out the cocktail sausages and take a look at his best work in GIFs.

1. Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo & Juliet was one of the first to really modernise Shakespeare.

2. Harold Perrineau’s Mercutio is the most powerful of all, amiright?

3. Tom Hiddleston was made for Shakespeare’s words.

4. Mixing it up in The Tempest, Helen Mirren plays a female version of Prospero.

Can you believe Ben Whishaw played Ariel?!

5. His words are quoted everywhere.

6. Leonardo DiCaprio - the best Romeo?

7. David Tennant as Hamlet? Yes, please.

8. James McAvoy as Macbeth? Yes, please.

9. Tom Hiddleston riding a horse as Henry V? Yes, please.

10. Helena Bonham Carter has dabbled in Shakespeare.

11. Marlon frickin Brando played Julius Caesar!

12. Much Ado About Nothing got a modern retelling in 2012.

13. 10 Things I Hate About You was a modern version of The Taming of the Shrew.

It blows your mind, doesn’t it?

14. Seriously, Leo as Romeo, magnificent!

15. Ken and Em in Much Ado About Nothing.

16. Romeo and Juliet seeing each other for the first time…

… Yes I love Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo and Juliet. Claire Danes as Juliet is just brilliant.

17. Mark Rylance traditionally playing a female role in Twelfth Night.

Men played female roles in Shakespeare’s plays since it was deemed ‘dishonourable’ for women to act in Elizabethan England.

18. Ralph Fiennes directed and starred in his modernised version of Coriolanus.

19. West Side Story was inspired by Romeo & Juliet.

20. Even Russell Brand has done Shakespeare, starring alongside Helen Mirren in The Tempest.

21. Happy Birthday, Bill! Thanks for the words.

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