Shakespeare Chronology

  • Apr 23, 1564


    William Shakespeare is born in Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Period: Apr 23, 1564 to

    Shakespeare's life

  • Jan 1, 1571


    Shakespeare begins his education at the King’s Free Grammar School (free place due to his father’s position as an alderman of Stratford-upon-Avon)
  • Marriage

    Shakespeare marries Anne Hathaway (26 years old) at Temple Grafton
  • Tragedies performed

    TRAGEDIES: Macbeth, King Lear, Antony and Cleopatra. Lear performed before the King at Whitehall, Christmas 1606
  • Death

    Shakespeare dies (23 April) at home at New Place, Stratford-upon-Avon, perhaps after drinking with fellow-writers Ben Jonson and Michael Drayton. Buried in Holy Trinity Church.