US President Barack Obama has visited Shakespeare’s Globe, to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the legendary writer’s death.

The President was welcomed into the theatre by the cast of Hamlet, who then performed a number of scenes for him.

Dominic Dromgoole, Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe, said: “At the end of an extraordinary journey all around the world, it is great to return home to the Globe, and to be able to perform a few scenes and to be welcomed back by President Barack Obama.

“The spirit of ‘Yes we can’ has informed the entire tour, and it’s an honour to meet the man who coined the phrase, and who exemplifies its spirit.”

The cast of Hamlet have just returned from a tour of the world, where they performed in 202 venues across 197 countries.

The visit to the theatre comes amidst weekend-long celebrations at the Globe of this anniversary.

They are screening specially made short films based on each of Shakespeare’s plays on April 23 and 24 along the Bankside area in London.

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

He is widely considered to be the greatest writer in the English language, and it is thought his plays have been translated into every known language in the world.

Shakespeare’s Globe are commemorating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death on April 23 and 24 with The Complete Walk. For more information, click here.

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