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RSC's firework birthday bash for Shakespeare

Stratford Editorial 24th Apr, 2014 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

SHAKESPEARE shone brighter than ever in his home town as the RSC staged a firework display to mark his 450th birthday.

Over 1,000 gathered in the Bancroft Gardens on Wednesday night (April 23) to watch the display – with the RST as a backdrop – which included an eight metre high depiction of Shakespeare’s face – based on the famous Droeshout engraving – lit up in fire.

The display took its inspiration from fellow dramatist Ben Jonson’s description of Shakespeare as our ‘Star of Poets’ in the First Folio.

Photos courtesy of Lucy Barriball.

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