Today marks the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, the man widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language.

The date is being marked in theatres around the world, including a number of events in Stratford Upon Avon and London.

Shakespeare 400 is taking place across London this weekend, with a range of performances, walks and lectures taking place in the Bankside area, and across the city.

Shakespeare’s Globe has put on a free walking events along the Bankside, which includes 37 screenings of films based on Shakespearean work.

The Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford Upon Avon is hosting a BBC broadcast live special event hosted by David Tennant and Catherine Tate.

HRH the Prince of Wales is due to appear on stage at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre as part of this special event, which will also feature Judi Dench, Rufus Wainwright, Ian McKellen, and Joseph Fiennes performing.

The British Library has also been displaying some rare Shakespearean items in their exhibition Shakespeare in Ten Acts.  

Shakespeare died on April 23 1616, at the age of 52.

In the four centuries since his death, it is thought that his works have been translated into every known language in the world.

In 2002, the BBC found Shakespeare to be the fifth greatest Briton of all time.

April 23 2016 marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death. For more information about events happening across the country, click here.