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.

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

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

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

Can you believe Ben Whishaw played Ariel?!

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5. His words are quoted everywhere.

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6. Leonardo DiCaprio - the best Romeo?

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7. David Tennant as Hamlet? Yes, please.

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8. James McAvoy as Macbeth? Yes, please.

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

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10. Helena Bonham Carter has dabbled in Shakespeare.

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11. Marlon frickin Brando played Julius Caesar!

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

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

It blows your mind, doesn’t it?

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14. Seriously, Leo as Romeo, magnificent!

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15. Ken and Em in Much Ado About Nothing.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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

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

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