A celebration of the Bard returns to the First State this week.
Tuesday, April 23 is Shakespeare Day in Wilmington. And Delaware Shakespeare is offering a way for fans of his work to celebrate it.
“We have a free opportunity for you to come out and experience some Shakespeare. We have over 40 community volunteers coming out to speak some lines from every one of the 38 plays in Shakespeare’s Canon,” said JulieAnne Cross - the general manager for Delaware Shakespeare - who notes the volunteer readers come from all walks of life.
“We have pastors and a rabbi and we have some retail stores nearby; nearby the site where we are doing it. We have some homeschoolers; we have teachers - it’s also Spring Break, so we’re hoping that lots of students and everyone will come out,” Cross said.
Cross says the event will take place over the course of a single lunch hour on Tuesday at Wilmington’s Chelsea Plaza on North Market Street, starting at high noon.
This is the event’s fourth year for the event. The first - four years ago - was held in conjunction with a worldwide celebration of Shakespeare’s 400th birthday.
In case of inclement weather, the event will be moved across the street to the Grand Opera House.
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