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To tweet or not to be: All Twitter to be a stage for 400 years of Shakespeare

Twitter will observe the 400th anniversary of the Bard's death with a special Shakespeare emoji and live-streaming of performances in London.


Twitter may limit you to 140 characters, but that isn't stopping the social networking service from celebrating one of history's most accomplished playwrights.

On Saturday April 23, the company will observe 400 years since William Shakespeare's death with a new Shakespeare emoji. Shakespearian-trained actor Patrick Stewart will play along by encouraging Twitter users to recite their favorite passages of the Bard's prose and poetry. Using the hashtag #ShakespeareLives will show the emoji in your tweets.

Twitter also will deliver live re-enactments of some of the Bard's works from around London via its Periscope app and GoPro cameras. And for you real fans out there, you're encouraged to imagine what Shakespeare would tweet if he were alive with the hashtag #Shakespeare400 (that triggers the emoji, too). Because as Twitter puts it, Shakespeare "would totally be on Twitter and probably love a GIF."

Will these tweets be as merry as the day is long? We shall see.