The Life and Times of William Shakespeare

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  • Apr 23, 1564

    Shakespeare was born

    Shakespeare was born
    He was born on the day celebrating St. George and was raised in Stratford-upon-Avon in England.
  • Aug 26, 1570

    William starts attending grammar school

    William starts attending grammar school
    These schools were set up by the monarchy to educate young boys from wealthy families. This is where William would have first started learning about great literature and plays.
  • Dec 8, 1576

    Lost Years

    Lost Years
    From Shakespeare's start at grammar school to his marriage of Anne there is little known about what he did with his life. Many historians believe that he worked with his father and brother for a time as an apprentice.
  • Shakespeare marries Anne Hathaway

    Shakespeare marries Anne Hathaway
    Shakespeare was 18 when he married Anne Hathaway who was 8 years older than him. They moved into her families home.
  • Susanna Shakespeare was born

    Susanna Shakespeare was born
    Susanna was the first child of William and Anne, she was born 5 months after they were married and lived a long life to the age of 66.
  • Judith and Hamnet were born

    Judith and Hamnet were born
    This boy and girl were William and Anne's second and third child, Hamnet only lived to be eleven while Judith lived until she was seventy seven.
  • Finished his first play

    Finished his first play
    Shakespeare's first completed play was Henry the IV part one which was followed by part two and three in 1591. This was his first well published play that readers and historians know about.
  • Sonnets

    Sonnets
    Shakespeare began what would eventually become his famous 154 sonnets.
  • Romeo and Juliet

    Romeo and Juliet
    Shakespeare penned what is arguable the greatest love story of all time Romeon and Juliet in this year.
  • Globe Theatre puts on it's first show

    Globe Theatre puts on it's first show
    The Globe Theatre, Shakespeare's theatre for his own acting troup opened earlier that year and Julius Caesar is the first play on the stage.
  • Hamlet

    Hamlet
    Hamlet, considered by many to be Shakespeare's greatest play, was completed during this year.
  • James I

    James I
    Queen Elizabeth dies in this year and James I takes the crown; being a fan of the arts he gives Shakespeare's company a patent to perform.
  • Macbeth

    Macbeth
    Shakespeare wrote Macbeth as a tribute to King James I Scottish heritage as a thank you for the support his majesty had offered to Shakespeare.
  • Blackfriars Theatre

    Blackfriars Theatre
    The King's Men, Shakespeare's acting troup, get a 21 year lease on the Blackfriars Theatre. This was the first totally inclosed theatre in London and made performing plays during winter possible for the first time.
  • The Tempest

    The Tempest
    The Tempest, Shakespeare's last well known and widely read play, was written during this year. It isn't documented that he never wrote any other plays but this was the last play that went into the first folio and was acted out on stages.
  • Globe theatre burns to the ground

    Globe theatre burns to the ground
    The Globe theatre burns to the ground in this year preventing any plays from being acted while they were rebuilding the theatre.
  • New Globe

    New Globe
    The Globe Theatre is rebuilt and reopened for the public to come and see shows acted out once more.
  • Shakespeare's Death

    Shakespeare's Death
    Shakespeare died while living in London at the age of 52. This was a long life for someone in London at that time because of disease, plague, and famine.
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