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Mark Rylance wins his third Tony Award for playing Olivia in 'Twelfth Night'

Mark Rylance wins his third Tony Award for playing Olivia in 'Twelfth Night'

NEW YORK, June 8 (UPI) --Mark Rylance won his third Tony Award Sunday for his portrayal of the love-struck noblewoman Olivia in William Shakespeare's stage comedy, "Twelfth Night."
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Jim Jarmusch gives his own take on vampires in 'Only Lovers Left Alive'

Jim Jarmusch gives his own take on vampires in 'Only Lovers Left Alive'

DETROIT, April 7 (UPI) -- Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton star as the vampires Adam and Eve in Jim Jarmusch's new film, "Only Lovers Left Alive."
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Benedict Cumberbatch will return to the stage for 'Hamlet'

Benedict Cumberbatch will return to the stage for 'Hamlet'

March 26 (UPI) -- Benedict Cumberbatch will return to the stage to play Hamlet for a Barbican Theatre production of the Shakespeare play.
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Arab businessman seeks tutor, offers salary of $200,000 a year

GENEVA, Switzerland, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- An Arab businessman in Switzerland placed an ad offering annual pay of $200,000 for a private tutor to train him in disciplines including piano and English.

Woman reports injury during purse snatching by actor in play

KARLSTAD, Sweden, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- Police in Sweden said an audience member at a Shakespeare-inspired theatrical farce reported a cast member for assault following a simulated purse-snatching.

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Kenneth Branagh bringing 'Macbeth' to New York

Kenneth Branagh bringing 'Macbeth' to New York

MANCHESTER, England, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- Actor-director Kenneth Branagh says he plans to bring his Manchester International Festival production of "Macbeth" to New York next June.
Stephen King's 'It' to be included in Gitmo prison library

Stephen King's 'It' to be included in Gitmo prison library

GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- The prison library in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, reversed its rejection of a Sept. 11, 2001, terror attack victim's gift of Stephen King's "It," a spokesman said.
Justin Guarini says he is struggling financially

Justin Guarini says he is struggling financially

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- "American Idol" Season 1 runner-up Justin Guarini says he is struggling financially and even skips meals to make sure his wife and kids get enough to eat.

British Library blocked 'Hamlet' due to 'violent content'

LONDON, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- A British Library visitor said he was shocked to discover the facility's WiFi network blocked access to an online version of "Hamlet" due to "violent content."
'Strictly Ballroom' musical to open in Sydney in March

'Strictly Ballroom' musical to open in Sydney in March

SYDNEY, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- Baz Luhrmann's "Strictly Ballroom the Musical" will have its world premiere in Sydney, Australia, next March, producers announced.
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William Shakespeare
Composer Isaac Hayes attends the April 3, 2005 Broadway opening night production of William Shakespeare play Julius Caesar starring Denzel Washington. (UPI Photo/Ezio Petersen)
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William Shakespeare (baptised 26 April 1564; died 23 April 1616) was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon". His surviving works, including some collaborations, consist of about 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.

Shakespeare was born and raised in Stratford-upon-Avon. At the age of 18, he married Anne Hathaway, with whom he had three children: Susanna, and twins Hamnet and Judith. Between 1585 and 1592, he began a successful career in London as an actor, writer, and part owner of a playing company called the Lord Chamberlain's Men, later known as the King's Men. He appears to have retired to Stratford around 1613, where he died three years later. Few records of Shakespeare's private life survive, and there has been considerable speculation about such matters as his physical appearance, sexuality, religious beliefs, and whether the works attributed to him were written by others.

Shakespeare produced most of his known work between 1589 and 1613. His early plays were mainly comedies and histories, genres he raised to the peak of sophistication and artistry by the end of the 16th century. He then wrote mainly tragedies until about 1608, including Hamlet, King Lear, Othello, and Macbeth, considered some of the finest works in the English language. In his last phase, he wrote tragicomedies, also known as romances, and collaborated with other playwrights.

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