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Short Biography of the life of William Shakespeare - Poet, Playwright, Dramatist and Actor

The early life of William Shakespeare was filled with mystery due to the lack of documented facts about the early years of the great Bard. He was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1564 - the exact date has only been estimated as April 23. John Shakespeare and Mary Arden were the parents of Shakespeare. William was the third of eight children, although the two born before him had died possibly of the Bubonic plague. At least two more of his siblings died of the plague which Shakespeare had a life-long fear of. William Shakespeare attended the Grammar school at Stratford-upon-Avon until he was about 13/14 years of age. He married Anne Hathaway in 1582 - Anne was 6 months pregnant. Shakespeare had three children. He left Stratford-upon-Avon and his young family to go to London - no one really knows the reason why but there were rumours that he had been accused of theft.

He joined the London theatre scene - and history was born. He became part owner of the Globe theatre and wrote plays, poems and masques. A collection of his works did not appear until 1623 (a full seven years after Shakespeare's death on April 23, 1616) when two of his fellow actors, John Hemminges and Henry Condell, posthumously recorded his work and published 36 of Williamís plays in the First Folio.Short Biography & Timeline of the life of William Shakespeare - Poet, Playwright, Dramatist and Actor
The following biography information provides basic facts about the life William Shakespeare:

  • William Shakespeare
  • Nationality - English
  • Lifespan - 1564 - 1616
  • Father - John Shakespeare, Merchant and Bailiff and Justice of the Peace
    • Stratford-upon-Avon
    • Educated - Grammar School (Kings New School)
    • Career - Poet, Playwright, Dramatist and Actor - First Published - 1593

Facts, Timeline & History about the life of William Shakespeare - Poet, Playwright, Dramatist and Actor
The following are additional facts about the life, timeline and history of William Shakespeare:

  • 1564 April 23 William Shakespeare was born
  • 1582 November 28, A Marriage Bond on the episcopal register records issue to William Shagspeare and Anne Hathwey of Shottery, Stratford
  • 1583 May 26, The baptism of Susanna Shakespear. Susanna was the Shakespeares' first child, born six months after the wedding of her parents
  • 1585 William's twins, Hamnet and Judith Shakespeare, were born
  • 1585 February 2, The baptism of Hamnet and Judith Shakespeare
  • 1592 September 3, Death of Robert Greene author of Groatsworth of Wit in which he complains about Shakespeare as an "upstart crow"
  • 1592 December, Robert Greene's editor Henry Chettle made a public apology to Marlowe and Shakespeare for the Groatsworth of Wit
  • 1593 Theatres close due to the Bubonic Plague (The Black Death)
  • 1593 Shake-speare begins writing the Sonnets which were probably completed in 1597
  • 1593 April 18, Registration of Venus and Adonis. Published by Richard Field (1561 - 1624)
  • 1595 Shakespeare achieves prosperity and recognition as the leading London Playwright
  • 1595 March 15, First document mentioning Shakespeare connected with the theatre
  • 1596 The company of actors moved to the Swan Theatre on Bankside when London's authorities banned the public presentation of plays within the city limits of London
  • 1596 August 11, Hamnet died, possibly from the plague, at the age of eleven. He was
    buried in Stratford
  • 1596 October 20, John Shakespeare, father of Shakespeare is Granted a Coat of Arms
  • 1598 Shakespeare and other members of the company financed the building of the Globe Theatre
  • 1599 The Globe is built on Bankside
  • 1600 First production of Julius Caesar at the Globe theatre
  • 1600 October 8 Registration of A Midsummer's Nights Dream
  • 1601 Shakespeare's acting troupe, the Chamberlain's Men, were commissioned to stage Richard II at the Globe
  • 1603 March 24, Queen Elizabeth dies
  • 1603 James the VI of Scotland, the son of Mary Queen of Scots, became the new monarch, known in England as King James I
  • 1603 May 19, The King's Men acting troupe forms
  • 1603 February, Registration of Troilus and Cressida
  • 1604 First performance of Othello
  • 1608 Shakespeare is mentioned as one of "the mens' players" (The King's Men)
  • 1608 King's Men buy the Blackfriars Theatre Shakespeare, became part owner in the theatre
  • 1613 June 29, Fire destroys the Globe Theatre
  • 1614 The second Globe Theatre was built
  • 1616 April 23, William Shakespeare dies
  • 1616 April 25, Burial of William Shakespeare in the chancel of Holy Trinity Church in Stratford
  • 1623 'The First Folio' is published
  • 1644 The Globe Theatre demolished by the Puritans
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