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A FIREWORKS display from the roof of the Royal Shakespeare Company theatre kicks off the celebrations for William Shakespeare's 450th birthday in Stratford-upon-Avon tonight.
Today, the 23rd April, is an historic anniversary of Shakespeare's birth and although the main celebrations in Stratford are taking place on Saturday, the party starts at 10.40pm this evening.
After this evening's performance of Henry IV, Part I the RSC will set off fireworks from the theatre, hoping residents and visitors alike will gather on the Bancroft Gardens to watch the show.
At Holy Trinity Church today, there will be a full peal of bells by Westminster Abbey Company of Ringers in the afternoon before an evensong service with music and prayers from Shakespeare's lifetime at 6pm.
The main celebrations take place on Saturday, when the town will be alive with music, street entertainers, performances and workshops.
A 20ft tall Lady Godiva puppet, created for The Cultural Olympiad in 2012 will lead the people's pageant through town at 11.20am.
She will spend the rest of Saturday afternoon on the Bancroft Gardens.
This Lady Godiva puppet will lead the procession through Stratford on Saturday.
A giant model cake will also provide a new ingredient to the procession this year, while shops in the town will be handing out 1,250 birthday cupcakes.
To taste a piece of Shakespeare's cake, collect an activity sheet from town centre shops displaying Shakespeare characters in their windows and match at least ten with the correct shops.
Participating shops will be flying balloons in Shakespeare's colours of black and gold.
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