Happy birthday, William Shakespeare. You don’t look a day over 455.
William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, in April 1564. The exact date of his birth is not recorded, but it is most often celebrated around the world on 23 April. Shakespeare’s baptism is recorded in the Parish Register at Holy Trinity Church, Stratford-upon-Avon on Wednesday 26 April 1564.
To mark the occasion, we’re recommending a selection of the Bard’s best, starting with Patrick Stewart as the tragically ambitious warlord in a 2010 modern-dress production of “Macbeth.” It’s free to stream anytime at pbs.org.
Elsewhere, you can find Stewart’s “X-Men” costar Ian McKellen in a television adaptation of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s 2008 staging of “King Lear.” It’s available anytime on the streaming service Broadway HD ($8.99 a month, seven-day free trial).
“Belgravia” actress Tamsin Greig plays a gender-swapped Malvolio — i.e. Malvolia — in a National Theatre production of the comedy “Twelfth Night.” You can stream it free for seven days beginning at 11 a.m. Thursday at youtube.com.
And finally, Danielle Brooks (“Orange Is the New Black”) and Grantham Coleman (“The Americans”) lead a black cast in the Public Theater’s 2019 Shakespeare in the Park staging of the rom-com “Much Ado About Nothing.” It’s free to stream anytime at pbs.org.