'Talk Like Shakespeare Day' coming up in Chicago - KMOV.com

'Talk Like Shakespeare Day' coming up in Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) -- Chicago's mayor has proclaimed "Talk Like Shakespeare Day" in the city for next week, so dust off your "methinks" and your "forsooths."

The big day will be next Friday, a date some believe to be the playwright's birthday.

Mayor Richard Daley inaugurated the special day last year. This year, Daley encourages citizens in his official proclamation to "let boldness be thy friend and celebrate Shakespeare by vocal acclamation of his words."

The Chicago Shakespeare Theater will mark the day by sending Shakespeare look-alikes throughout the city. They'll be asking Chicagoans to speak his speech "trippingly off their tongues."

Many scholars believe William Shakespeare was born April 23, 1564, since the poet and playwright is known to have been baptized three days later.


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