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Posted on Sat. Apr. 19, 2014 - 12:01 am EDT

ACPL to celebrate Shakespeare’s 450th


For information on this event, visit ACPL’s events page at


Even though the actual birthdate of William Shakespeare is unknown and the subject of debate, he was baptized during April, which has become the time period often used for observing his birth.

On Wednesday, the Allen County Public Library will hold activities for all ages to honor the anniversary of the birth 450 years ago of the world-renowned playwright and poet.

Events start at 5:30 p.m., with a brief rendition of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” performed at 5:50 p.m. in the theater by local theater group Shakespeare from the Heart. A screening of Franco Zeffirelli’s 1968 film adaptation of “Romeo and Juliet” will follow at 6 p.m.

ACPL doesn’t hold annual events to celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday, said Nancy Saff, a librarian in the Arts, Music and Media department. Shakespeare Across Indiana, a statewide effort to celebrate the Bard’s birth now through 2016, encouraged ACPL Events Coordinator Josette Jordan to organize the Wednesday activities here.

The 1968 adaptation of “Romeo and Juliet” was available for public viewing through ACPL’s licensing agreement with the Movie Licensing USA. According to Saff, other movies based on Shakespeare’s plays either were as long as four hours or not as well-received.

Since a goal for this event is to draw more people to the main library, staff thought “Romeo and Juliet” was the best film, Saff said. The movie is rated PG and lasts about 2 hours, 18 minutes.

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