William shakespeare life history

Shakespeare and His Works

  • Apr 23, 1564

    Shakespeare is Born

    Born in Stratford to John and Mary Shakespeare. His actual birthdate is unknown but universally accepted date is this one.
  • Apr 23, 1571

    Shakespeare begins school

    By local tradition, children entered grammar school at the age of seven.
  • Period: Jan 6, 1582 to

    Shakespeare starts his career

    Shakespeare is believed to have left his family to start as a playwright and performer.
  • Shakespeare is in Love

    At the age of 18, he marries Anne Hathaway, who is 8 years his senior, at the Temple Grafton.
  • Shakespeare's first child

    Susanna Shakespeare is born after 5 months of Shakespeare and Anne being married
  • Shakespeare's Twins

    Judith and Hamnet are born
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    Shakespeare and The Comedy of Errors

    publshed 1623
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    Shakespeare and the Two Gentlemen of Verona

    published 1623
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    Shakespeare and King John

    published 1623
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    Shakespeare and Henry VI (Part 1, 2, 3)

    Part 1 published 1623, Part 2 published 1594, Part 3 published 1595
  • Shakespeare and his beginning to fame

    Shakespeare begins to be noticed as a force within London theatre; Robert Greene’s Groatworth of Wit famously calls Shakespeare an "upstart crow". He attacks Shakespeare as lacking originality since he borrows ideas from others for his own plays. Academics see this criticism as proof that Shakespeare was in London at this time.
  • Shakespeare and Venus and Adonis

    Published 1593
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    Shakespeare and Richard III, Taming of the Shrew, and Titus Andronicus

    Published 1597 for Richard III, 1623 for Taming of the Shrew, and 1594 for Titus Andronicus
  • Shakespeare and friends

    The Lord Chamberlain’s Men, a theatre troupe including distinguished actor Richard Burbage and comic Will Kemp performs with Shakespeare in their group.
  • Shakespeare and the Rape of Lucrece

    Published 1594
  • Shakespeare and Romeo and Juliet

    Published 1597
  • Shakespeare and Love's Labour Lost

    Published 1598
  • Shakespeare and the Sonnets

    Published 1609
  • Shakespeare and Richard II

    Published 1597
  • Shakespeare and A Midsummer Night's Dream

    Published 1600
  • Shakespeare and the Comapany

    The company of actors moved to the Swan Theatre on Bankside when London's authorities ban the public presentation of plays within the city limits of London
  • Shakespeare and the Merchant of Venice

    Published 1600
  • Shakespeare and Henry IV Part 1

    Published 1598
  • Shakespeare and Death

    Hamnet dies, supposedly by the plague
  • Shakespeare and Business

    Shakespeare buys the New Place, one of Stratford’s most preeminent homes. This fuels speculation today by some academics that William was really a successful businessman and not literature’s celebrated playwright.
  • Shakespeare and Henry IV Part 2

    Published 1600
  • Shakespeare and the Merry Wives of Windsor

    Published 1602
  • Shakespeare and Review

    Writer Francis Meres publishes a glowing review of Shakespeare's work. Thanks to Meres' review, we know that by this time Shakespeare has become a noted playwright with at least a dozen plays under his belt, including Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Merchant of Venice, Love's Labors Lost, Richard II and Titus Andronicus.
  • Shakespeare and Much Ado About Nothing

    Published 1600
  • Shakespeare and the Globe Theatre

    The Major shareholders of the Lord Chamberlain’s Men lease land from Nicholas Brend, The Globe theatre opening later that same year
  • Shakespeare and As You Like It

    Published 1623
  • Shakespeare and Julius Ceasar

    Published 1623
  • Shakespeare and Henry V

    Published 1600
  • Shakespeare and Hamlet

    Published 1603
  • Shakespeare and Shakespeare

    Shakespeare's father dies and his patron Earl Southampton is sentenced to death (later reprieved) for his role in the Essex rebellion. It is believed that his father's death motivates Shakespeare to write Hamlet around this time. Shakespeare's plays over the next few years take a dark, brooding tone.
  • Shakespeare and Twelfth Night

    Published 1623
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    Shakespeare and All's Well That Ends Well

    Published 1623
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    Shakespeare and Othello

    Published 1622
  • Shakespeare and Royalty

    A Midsummer’s Night is performed at Hampton Court before Queen Elizabeth who dies later that year. James I originally James VI of Scotland proves to be an enthusiastic patron of the arts granting The Chamberlain’s Men a patent to perform. In return, the Company renames itself The King’s Men to honour James I and they quickly become a favorite with the new king.
  • Shakespeare and Troilus and Cressida

    Published 1609
  • Shakespeare and Measure for Measure

    Published 1623
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    Shakespeare and Timon of Athens

    Published in 1623
  • King Lear

    Published 1608
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    Shakespeare and Pericles

    Published 1609
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    Shakespeare and Antony and Cleopatra

    Published 1623
  • Shakespeare and the Plague

    The return of the plague forces a closure of all playhouses and theatres from the spring of 1608 through to early 1610.
  • Shakespeare and Coriolanus

    Published 1623
  • Shakespeare and Cymbeline

    Published 1623
  • Shakespeare and The Winter's Tale

    Published 1623
  • Shakespeare and the Tempest

    Published 1623
  • Shakespeare and the Two Noble Kinsmen

    Published 1634
  • Shakespeare and Cardenio

    Published unknown
  • Shakespeare and Fire

    . The Globe Theatre burns to the ground.
  • Shakespeare Henry VIII

    Published 1623
  • Shakespeare and new beginnings

    The Globe Theater reopens
  • Shakespeare's demise

  • Shakespeare and Burial

    Shakespeare is buried in Holy Trinity Church in Stratford, the same church where he was baptized. His marker orders a curse on anyone who disturbs his grave.
  • Shakespeare and the First Folio

    John Heminge and Henry Condell, Shakespeare's former colleagues in the King's Men, collect 36 of their late friend's plays and publish them together in a volume now known as the First Folio.
  • Shakespeare and Macbeth

    Published 1606