The 450th anniversary of the Bard's birthday on Wednesday will see an explosion of tributes and performances - how different to 50 years ago. Jonathan Bate explains how the playwright became a global icon
When I was very little I didn’t want to be an actor. I wanted to be a butcher. Or a goalkeeper. Early in my adolescent years I took the risk of appearing as Sir Epicure Mammon in The Alchemist and Pandarus in Troilus and Cressida and then, finding to my young astonishment that I was getting attention and some praise for my performances, I began to think that acting might be a better fit. My...
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