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Happy Birthday, Mr. Shakespeare!

April 23, 2016 | 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Copley Plaza at The Old Globe

A Free Public Event for the Entire Family!

  • Live music
  • Local artist and DJ Miki Vale 
  • Sonnet karaoke
  • Shakespeare-themed games and activities
  • Open house - explore the theatres
  • Cake and presents for Shakespeare!

The Old Globe would like to invite friends, Romans, countrymen—all of San Diego, in fact—to join us in celebrating our resident playwright William Shakespeare’s 452nd Birthday!

This exciting day of family activities is free and open to the public as part of the Globe’s ongoing commitment to programs that serve all of San Diego County. Don your best doublet and ruff—or come as you are. And did we mention cake?!

Birthday games and activities will run the gamut of eras from Elizabethan to today. Musicians and Globe alumni Clinton Davis and Mark Danisovszky will recount the hits of Shakespeare’s day, as local artist and DJ Miki Vale drops the banging-est beats, backing up our first ever Sonnet Karaoke, led by five of our illustrious Shakespeareans from The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program: Ally CareyJake MillgardMakha MthembuDaniel Petzold, andNathan Whitmer. Challengers welcome—bring your own sonnet or monologue memorized—or choose one of our selections.

The doors to our indoor theatres will be wide open for you to explore, with a fabulous costume exhibit in the Globe lobby and informative docents on hand to answer questions.

Shakespeare-themed activities on the Plaza will include a life-sized board game, and in the Garden, little ones are welcome to create their own Shakespearean puppets and perform in an interactive puppet theatre show. Grab a photo of your friends in the stocks or as the original Queen Mum, Elizabeth I. It’ll be a festive day suitable for the whole family!

Don’t forget to stick around for the aforementioned cake at 12 noon and to unwrap Shakespeare’s birthday present. Hot local bakery Cake, winners of Food Network’s “Cake Wars” in July 2015, have created a special Shakespearean bust birthday cake (and mini cupcakes). Yum!

Happy Birthday, Mr. Shakespeare! is supported by a grant from The James Irvine Foundation.

Please note: The March for Babies will be taking place in the Park starting at 8:00 a.m., and the Cabrillo Bridge will be closed to vehicle traffic from 7:30 - 10:00 a.m. Please enter from the east side of the Park via Park Blvd.