“Happy Birthday, Shakespeare” Celebration
The University of South Carolina Libraries hosts a “Happy Birthday, Shakespeare” Celebration, an afternoon-long celebration of Shakespeare’s 400th birthday, April 23 at Thomas Cooper Library in Columbia. Free events include USC Theatre’s Jukebox Shakespeare, with performances at noon and 2 p.m. Guests experience the works of The Bard as they would have been originally performed — in an interactive, open-air setting. Staged in the green space outside Thomas Cooper Library, Jukebox Shakespeare is a free event featuring a troupe of players performing a medley of Shakespeare’s most beloved scenes, sonnets and speeches. Swordplay and dancing demonstrations will take place at 11:30 a.m. on the green at the front of Thomas Cooper Library. The South Carolina Shakespeare Company members in period costume, armed with sabers, epees and broadswords, describe and demonstrate the fighting methods in Shakespeare’s time and in his plays.