People Wore Shakespeare Masks For A Fake Funeral And It Was Weird

The 400th anniversary of the playwright’s death was commemorated in his hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon and across the world.

1. William Shakespeare, author of your favourite plays Romeo & Juliet, Hamlet, Coriolanus, and all sorts more, died 400 years ago today.

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He died on his 52nd birthday. Some believe as a result of falling over drunk.

3. To commemorate the occasion, the people of Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare’s hometown, held a fake funeral for the legendary bard.

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4. In a break from British funeral tradition, lots of people wore masks of the big man’s face.

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6. It was a bit like Being John Malkovich but the death vibes were more literal than existential.

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7. Shakespeare.

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8. Shakespeare.

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9. Shakespeare. Shakespeare.

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10. Shakespeare.

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11. Happy death day, Shakespeare.

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12. Thanks for all the drama.

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