William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare

Poet and Playwright
Born Apr 26, 1564
Hometown Stratford-upon-Avon
Died Apr 23, 1616
Death Place Stratford-upon-Avon

William Shakespeare was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon". His surviving works, including some collaborations, consist of about 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, two epitaphs on a man named John Combe, one epitaph on Elias James, and several other poems.… Read More

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1564 Birth Born in 1564.


1579 15 Years Old This period begins and ends with two tragedies: Romeo and Juliet, the famous romantic tragedy of sexually charged adolescence, love, and death; and Julius Caesar—based on Sir Thomas North's 1579 translation of Plutarch's Parallel Lives—which introduced a new kind of drama. … Read More
1582 18 Years Old …  The consistory court of the Diocese of Worcester issued a marriage licence on 27 November 1582. The next day, two of Hathaway's neighbours posted bonds guaranteeing that no lawful claims impeded the marriage. The ceremony may have been arranged in some haste, since the Worcester chancellor allowed the marriage banns to be read once instead of the usual three times, and six months after the marriage Anne gave birth to a daughter, Susanna, baptised 26 May 1583. … Read More


1585 21 Years Old …  Between 1585 and 1592, he began what became a successful career in London as an actor, writer, and part-owner of a playing company called the Lord Chamberlain's Men, later known as the King's Men. … Read More
1588 24 Years Old The exception is the appearance of his name in the 'complaints bill' of a law case before the Queen's Bench court at Westminster dated Michaelmas Term 1588 and 9 October 1589. … Read More
1589 25 Years Old Shakespeare produced most of his known work between 1589 and 1613. … Read More
1592 28 Years Old 1 More Event
After the birth of the twins, Shakespeare left few historical traces until he is mentioned as part of the London theatre scene in 1592.


1594 30 Years Old 1 More Event
…  From 1594, Shakespeare's plays were performed by only the Lord Chamberlain's Men, a company owned by a group of players, including Shakespeare, that soon became the leading playing company in London. … Read More
1596 32 Years Old Shakespeare divided his time between London and Stratford during his career. In 1596, the year before he bought New Place as his family home in Stratford, Shakespeare was living in the parish of St. Helen's, Bishopsgate, north of the River Thames.
1599 35 Years Old He moved across the river to Southwark by 1599, the year his company constructed the Globe Theatre there.
1603 39 Years Old After the Lord Chamberlain's Men were renamed the King's Men in 1603, they entered a special relationship with the new King James. … Read More


1604 40 Years Old By 1604, he had moved north of the river again, to an area north of St Paul's Cathedral with many fine houses. … Read More
1607 43 Years Old He was survived by his wife and two daughters. Susanna had married a physician, John Hall, in 1607, and Judith had married Thomas Quiney, a vintner, two months before Shakespeare's death.
1608 44 Years Old Rowe was the first biographer to record the tradition, repeated by Johnson, that Shakespeare retired to Stratford 'some years before his death'. He was still working as an actor in London in 1608; in an answer to the sharers' petition in 1635 Cuthbert Burbage stated that after purchasing the lease of the Blackfriars Theatre in 1608 from Henry Evans, the King's Men 'placed men players' there, 'which were Heminges, Condell, Shakespeare, etc.' … Read More
1611 47 Years Old Shakespeare continued to visit London during the years 1611–1614.
1612 48 Years Old In 1612, he was called as a witness in Bellott v. Mountjoy, a court case concerning the marriage settlement of Mountjoy's daughter, Mary.
1613 49 Years Old 1 More Event
In March 1613 he bought a gatehouse in the former Blackfriars priory; and from November 1614 he was in London for several weeks with his son-in-law, John Hall. … Read More


The 1616 edition of Ben Jonson's Works names him on the cast lists for Every Man in His Humour (1598) and Sejanus His Fall (1603). … Read More
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