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a woman has been arrested after three of her children are found dead


at their King Henry IV is being staged by the


RSC for the 450th birth anniversary of Shakespeare. So what makes this


playwright such a huge success amongst actors?


It is a mixture of language, beautiful beautiful images but also


unforgettable images. It is the combination of that and his giant


portrait of mankind. He shows absolutely everything there is about


us, the good, the bad, the strong, the week and he does it in the most


compassionate and loving way. But you don't have to be an actor to be


touched by the Bard. Most of us don't realise we use Shakespearean


language in everyday speech. You are a sorry sight! That is rude


but he is quoting Shakespeare. You are taking for ever and a day.


So is she. All is well that ends well.


Yes, that is Shakespeare. Beyond the market, the world truely is


Shakespeare's stage. In 2012 The Globe Theatre in London put with 38


productions in 38 languages, There's no denying it, Shakespeare is not


just for the theatre and thespians, Shakespeare is ours.


Shakespeare isn't just for the theatre and thespians. Shakespeare


is ours and there is no denying it. There was a major Shakespeare


conference taking place in France. I am joined by Paul in Paris. How come


you are in France? Well, the Shakespeare Centre is used to


welcoming people from all over the world during the year but our good


friends at the Society of Shakespeare and France have gathered


hundreds to celebrate the anniversary year with a major


international conference. It is absolutely fascinating. We have had


talks on Shakespeare in the First World War, the French were our


allies of course and this morning a group of us scholars met to discuss


Shakespeare's friends and colleagues so Stratford upon over and kept


popping up in France. And you will take Shakespeare on the


road in the summer in July to North America.


Yes, we have partnered with the University of Warwick and we will


travel 10,000 miles across 25 states visiting 14 Shakespeare festivals


around the States and North America. These are groups of people who are


making Shakespeare live year in, year out for their communities and


we want to start conversations and map the sense of Shakespeare across


America and they are invited to deposit records in the archives for


posterity so when people look back and say what worthy anniversary


years like previously, we will have a sense of what Shakespeare in


America was like at that time. It is a huge project. Walking around


Stratford, I have had French, German, Swedish, Japanese, what is


the international appeal? Well, it is his great power of


storytelling, the way different people translate him into their own


language and it is the way people feel close to Shakespeare, connected


with the way he views the world and phrases things so we decided to take


Shakespeare on the road around the United States as a 450th birthday


celebration. Enjoy the celebrations. Thank you for joining us. That is it


from Stratford for now. A teenager with terminal cancer has achieved


his final wish of raising one million pounds for the Teenage


Cancer Trust. Nineteen`year`old Stephen Sutton from Burntwood in


Staffordshire tweeted what appeared to be a goodbye message and photo


from hospital yesterday ` after his tweet donations dramatically


increased Smashing Stephen's million pound fundraising target. Jon Brain


reports. He has a smile on his face but Stephen Sutton says this picture


is this final farewell to the world. A world he's leaving ?1 million


better off. On his Facebook page he says it is a final thumbs up from


me. I have done well to blag things as well as I have, but unfortunately


I think this is to one hurdle too far. Diagnosed with terminal


cancer, the teenager decided to turn his plight into something positive


and raise money for charity by completing a wish list. The crowd


surfed in a dinghy, went skydiving, played the drums in front of 90,000


people in Wembley, met and an offence and got a tad too.


I don't do it for recognition, I like nice comments but I do this


because the best way to help myself is to help others. I'm proud the


feeling. The story has attracted the attention of celebrities like


Russell Brand, Roger Daughtry and Frank Lampard. It raises the profile


of the campaign further. Breaking the million pound barrier has helped


faces situation, he says that is it for me, life has been good. Very


good. Earlier I spoke to the director of fundraising at the


Teenage Cancer Trust. We are overwhelmed the target has been hit


and in the time. It speaks so highly of Stephen's ability to inspire


people but also a huge chance for us to say thank you to everyone who has


got involved because it wouldn't have happened without thousands and


thousands of people text in or going online to give. Stephen made a huge


impression on people in the office. You have met him, how do you


describe him? Remarkably calm, down to earth,


determined. I would never want to say no to Stephen. When I first


spoke to him after he secured a remarkable donation from corporate


supporters at their dinner, it was a donation of ?400,000 and I phoned


him to thank him and I was overwhelmed. Stephen was just calm


and said, yes, it is a good start. He is a really really remarkable


young man. A leaked report suggesting six


Birmingham schools are to be put in special measures because of concerns


over alleged Muslim extremism has been condemned by the council


leader. The Daily Telegraph and its sister title The Sunday Telegraph


claimed Ofsted is taking the action. It has inspected a number of schools


accused of being part of a so called Trojan Horse plot to influence


teaching methods. But the findings aren't due to be published until


next month. Of course Shakespeare's birthday is also St George's Day and


there was a special Citizenship Ceremony in Dudley today. One of the


20 people becoming British today was Jeanette Tranter, who despite living


in Kingswinford for more than 50 years, was actually born in


Colorado, after her mother met an American GI. Joanne Writtle followed


her journey to dual citizenship and her report contains some flash


photography. This is my parents on their wedding day. Jeanette


Tranter's mothered an American GI in 1945. Emigrating to his remit farm


in Colorado was a culture shock. No electricity on the farm, if she


wanted food, chickens, she would go out, kill a chicken, pluck it and


cook it. She churned her own butter. She felt homesick at times


and that is when my brother was born. And then my second brother was


born and then a six`year gap until I was. Eventually, because of


unforeseen circumstances, my father committed suicide and my mother


could not run the farm by herself. And so very sadly she sold


everything up and we came back to England. This is the American


passport Ginette and her brothers travelled with. Six years ago, their


mother died here, Jeanette has made Kingswinford for home. Today, 60


years after arriving in Britain, Jeanette is about to become a


British citizen at a ceremony at deadly register office. Until my


mother died, it was difficult because she was so proud of us being


American and so I felt as though I had the go`ahead after she died and


also I have lived here most of my life. I am British really. Ginette


was among 20 to achieve citizenship today. A day she has waited many


years to celebrate. Absolutely brilliant. Really good. What would


your mum think? Oh, she would be really proud. Yes. A good place to


be. Let's head back to Stratford`upon`Avon for the weather.


Shefali is in the gardens at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. I am


taking shelter, not the best day to be outdoors but it is this sort of


weather, moody and atmospheric that has been the inspiration for poets


and writers the world over, not least Shakespeare whose works have


been littered with references from Forgan filthy air to winds that


crack your cheeks. The folk we may seem soon enough but the wind we


must wait for one to the weekend when things become increasingly


unsettled. Looking at the pressure chart, we can see a front straddling


the country containing a narrow area of rain. It is moving quite rapidly


so it should be out of the way fairly quickly but looking at the


timing, we are just about into the thick of things right now. Because


it is fairly quick moving eastwards it will be concentrated but out of


the way quite quickly. By the latter part of tonight, looking much drier


with clever spells, fairly widespread mist and fog developing


in low`lying areas. There could be problems by the morning. Be aware of


that. The temperatures are down to six or seven Celsius. Miss dinners


and murkiness tomorrow, that will lift into brightness and sunny


spells by the afternoon, largely dry conditions but we are looking at


potent and sharp showers `` mistiness. 14 or 15 Celsius. The


showers will gradually start to fade tomorrow night, looking a lot drier


than tonight and clear spells with temperatures dipping to around six


or seven Celsius. For the rest of the week, Friday, things go


downhill, deteriorating through the weekend with prolonged rainfall,


windy conditions and temperatures pegged back to 13 Celsius. That is


it from here. Over to Nick. A few want to get involved in the


celebrations for the 450th anniversary here in Stratford, the


main focus will be this weekend. On Saturday, crowds will be lining the


streets to see actors, foreign diplomats and civic dignitaries lead


the 1,000`strong grand Birthday Procession from 1030. And on Sunday,


it's the Shakespeare Marathon from the town centre from 9am, with 3,700


runners on the start line. Good night, good night.


'The last two generations have been robbed


'of an opportunity to vote on the EU.


'And yet it has a greater impact on our everyday lives


'and not leave it for another generation.'


I want a Britain that is free to control its own destiny.


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