Shakespeare fans around the globe are preparing to celebrate the bard’s 450th birthday today. We love to party as much as the next person, but the real story is that no one knows for sure when his birthday was. He died 450 years ago today, April 23, 1616, and it is presumed he was born on the same date 52 years prior.
But what matters the date of a birthday for one whose creative contributions to the world are so timeless?
“This life, which had been the tomb of his virtue and of his honour, is but a walking shadow; a poor player, that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more: it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”