A flaming depiction of William Shakespeare is seen during a firework display at the Royal Shakespeare Company marking the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth in Stratford-upon-Avon, southern England April 23, 2014. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett
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William Shakespeare's plays are to be performed in mid-air as Britain celebrates the 450th anniversary of his birth this week, while a tour of "Hamlet" aims to reach every country on Earth.Shakespeare, the English language's greatest playwright, was baptised on April 26, 1564, and his birthday is traditionally observed on April 23 .The anniversary is being marked with attempts to bring the legendary bard to fresh audiences and capitalise on one of Britain's best cultural exports.The Reduced Shakespeare Company comic troupe was to attempt to set a world record on Wednesday by performing a one-hour version of his complete works at 37,000 feet (11,300 metres).Shakespeare's Globe, the re-creation of his wooden theatre on the banks of the River Thames in London, is launching a two-year tour of "Hamlet" that will take in around 200 countries.The 12-strong cast includes Ladi Emeruwa from Nigeria as Hamlet, Jennifer Leong from Hong Kong, and New Zealand's highly respected Maori actor Rawiri Paratene.
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