Australia’s Shakespeare specialists take to social media to celebrate the work of the Bard.

The Bell Shakespeare Company will celebrate Shakespeare’s 450th birthday on April 23, kicking off a six-day celebration of the bards work. The celebrations will include interactive performances, workshops and public conversations centred on the works of Shakespeare and the times in which he wrote.

The events are presented in association with Google Australia, and will take place predominantly in an online environment. After opening with a live 15 minute performance featuring some of Shakespeare’s most well known characters, the festivities continue onApril 28 with a video conversation with the artistic directors of the Bell Shakespeare, John Bell and Peter Evans.

Later in the week there will be an acting workshop centred on Hamletand an interactive history lesson focusing on the Victorian period and hosted by Google +. The party draws to a close on May 2 as Bell Shakespeare invites the public to collectively perform the balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet. The event will be broadcast live via Google + and Hangout on Air.

Over more than twenty years, Bell Shakespeare has established itself as Australia’s only national theatre company devoted to the works of...