- Associated Press - Saturday, April 23, 2016

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A party marking William Shakespeare’s 1564 birthday is being held with swordplay, sonnets and theater scenes.

Saturday’s festivities begin at noon at the Thomas Cooper Library on the University of South Carolina campus in Columbia.

The events, which are free and open to the public, include performances by Theatre South Carolina’s Juke Box Shakespeare with speeches, sonnets and scenes from the Bard’s works.

The South Carolina Shakespeare Company is using period costumes for swordplay and dancing demonstrations, and children’s performances are included.

At 4 p.m., there will be cake.

The party comes as the library exhibits of a copy of a rare First Folio, a compendium of Shakespeare works on loan from the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C.

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