Shakespeare's birthday was chosen for the laying of a marker for a future replica of Shakespeare's Globe to be built on the riverside in Berlin.
The replica theatre will be built on wasteland between one of the last remaining pieces of the Berlin Wall and the river Spree. Architect Hans-Joachim Prast told Reuters that the location for the replica had been chosen for its similarity to Bankside in London, home of the original playhouse.
Berlin's wooden, three-tiered construction will open in 2007 and will hold an audience of 750. Unlike the SE1 replica, it will have a sliding roof so that performances can take place all year round.
"Berlin is a cultural centre, we have the most museums here and I see this project as a must for the city," said Mr Prast.
The project will not be subsidised and will rely on sponsorship to fund the initial costs of up to four million euros (£2.6 million).
Mr Prast added: "Shakespeare is still very much alive today and I'm sure there will be no problems funding the theatre through ticket sales."
Another Globe replica opened in Rome last year, with other reconstructions in the USA and Japan.
• Shakespeare's Globe, Bankside
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