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    Happy 450th Birthday Shakespeare!

    I present to thee 23 ways to celebrate Mr. Shakespeare's Birthday.

    1. Read a play.

    The Shakespeare Folger Library just launched their FREE complete digital texts.

    2. Go SEE a play.

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    There's nothing quite like hearing Shakespeare's texts.

    Shakespeare's Globe, Twelfth Night, 2012

    With Stephen Fry and Mark Rylance

    3. Can't get to a stage? Check out a live broadcast at your local movie theater.

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    Donmar Warehouse, Coriolanus, 2013

    With Tom Hiddleston

    4. Or rent a digital recording.

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    Like David Tennant and Catherine Tate's Much Ado About Nothing.

    5. Watch a film adaptation.

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    Laurence Olivier, Hamlet, 1948

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    Akira Kurosawa's Throne of Blood, 1957

    (Macbeth in medieval Japan!)

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    Kenneth Branagh, Henry V, 1989

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    With Julia Stiles, Heath Ledger, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 10 Things I Hate About You, 1999

    (The Taming of the Shrew in High School)

    6. Appreciate how pervasive Shakespeare is in popular culture.

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    7. Use a Shakespearean insult on someone.

    8. Find out what famous historical figures thought about Shakespeare.

    9. Read a Sonnet.

    10. Enjoy a parody.

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    Sassy Gay Friend - Hamlet, 2010

    11. Read one of his longer poems.

    12. If you can, visit Shakespeare's Globe!

    If you're in the States, and on the East Coast, head to the American Shakespeare Center!

    West Coasters, check out the Oregon Shakespeare Festival!

    13. Enjoy a Shakespearean webcomic.

    14. Buy some Shakespeare gear.

    15. For the truly dedicated, make a trip out to Stratford-Upon-Avon.

    16. If you're a Doctor Who fan, watch The Shakespeare Code again.

    17. Watch Shakespeare in Love.

    18. Look up some classical Shakespearean 'fanart'.

    19. Master the lingo.

    20. Get into a fight over accuracy.

    21. Use a lesser known (but no less awesome) quote.

    22. ...Or just run around and dramatically shout...

    23. Whatever else you do, don't forget to appreciate the awesomeness of Mr. William Shakespeare; playwright, poet, and all-around genius.