There is not a lot known about the life of the world’s greatest playwright except his work: most believe that Shakespeare produced as many as 37 plays in his short life, as well as more than 150 poems.
Although many people commemorate his birthday on St George's Day (23 April), his actual date of birth isn't known for certain - we only know that he was baptised on today's date in 1564, in Stratford-upon-Avon, England.
To honour this man who started as a jobbing actor and became a titan of literary history, we have chosen a smooth and elegant Aperol-led concoction, the Merchant of Venice, named for one of his plays.
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