A History of The Shakespeare Birthday Celebrations

Shakespeare had been dead for 130 years before one of his plays was ‘allowed’ to be performed in his home town…

David Garrick. Image: The New York Times

All performances of Shakespeare’s plays were banned in his home town from as early as 1606, a ban that remained in place during the playwright’s last years in Stratford, and which, in 1624 (eight years after Shakespeare’s death), resulted in the Town Council paying a…

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