William Shakespeare

  • Apr 23, 1564


    William Shakespeare was born in Stratford upon Avon and was baptized on April 26, 1564, just three days after his birth
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    Lived in Stratford

    What houses in Stratford would have looked likeWilliam Shakespeare lived the first 20 years of his life in Stratford upon Avon.
  • Jan 1, 1569

    Shakespeare Goes to School

    William Shakespeare started grammar school in 1569
  • Married Anne Hathaway

    William Shakespeare was 18 when he married Anne, and Anne was 26 and pregnant
  • Susanna is Born

    William's first child, Susanna, is born
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    Lived in London

    The London Bridge in the 1500'sWilliam Shakespeare lived in London for 25 years.
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    The Lost Years

    William Shakespeare's Lost YearsAfter the birth of his twins, William Shakespeare couldn't be found in any records for the following seven years. Sometime in 1592 William Shakespeare started appearing on records again. This period of time has many people debating. Some people say that Shakespeare was an animal poacher. Some say that Shakespeare arrived in London around 1588 to be an actor and write plays.
  • Hamnet and Judith Born

    Hamnet and Judith were born on February 2, 1585.
  • Starts Writing Sonnets

    The theaters were shut down in the summer of 1592 due to the plague, so Shakespeare started writing sonnets, a form of poetry. Shakespeare wrote 154 sonnets.
  • Many Jobs for King Chamberlain's Men

    By 1594, Shakespeare was a writer, actor, and a managing partner for King Chamberlain's Men
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    Wrote "Romeo and Juliet"

    A picture of the "Balcony Scene"Romeo and Juliet is about two star-crossed lovers, whose families who are in a feud, go to extreme measures to love each other, and eventually kill themselves.
  • Theatres Reopen

    In 1594, the Globe Theatre reopenedn
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    Wrote "A Midsummer Night's Dream"

    The cover for the playA Midsummer Night's Dream is about four people, one who is put under a spell that makes him love the first person he sees, accidently sees the person he doesn't love. After the spell is reversed, everyone is paired perfectly.
  • Hamnet Dies at Age 11

    Hamnet was Shakespeare's favorite child. When Hamnet died, William was devastated. Shakespeare wrote Hamlet in honor of his son.
  • Globe Theatre Moved

    The Globe Theatre was move across Thames River around 1598.
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    Wrote "Hamlet"

    Hamlet, the Prince of DenmarkHamlet is about a man whose mother marries his father's killer, Claudius, and eventually kills Claudius, but is fatally wounded.
  • Queen Elizabeth Dies

    When Queen Elizabeth Died, King James took over, When that happened, King Chamberlain's Men changed their name to the King's Men.
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    Wrote "Macbeth"

    The King of Scotland, who the play is centered aroundMacBeth is about a man who desires to be the king of Scotland, but his guilt and greed leads to the death of many people.
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    Lived in Stratford

    StratfordWilliam Shakespeare lived in Stratford for the last 4 years of his life, when he was retired.
  • Writes Will

    Shakespeare left his wife 300 dollars and his "second best bed."
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    The New PlaceWilliam Shakespeare retired somewhere between 1611 and 1613 back to his hometown. Shakespeare wrote at least 36 plays along with many sonnets and other forms of poetry.
  • Globe Theatre Burned Down

    In 1613, during a showing of "Henry VIII", a cannon fired onstage and ignited a fire
  • Died

    William Shakespeare's life ends on his 52nd birthday
  • First Folio Published

    Two of Shakespeare's friends, John Heminge and Henry Condell, took all of Shakespeare's plays and put them into one book. That book is now the First Folio.
  • Globe Theatre Shut Down

    In 1642, Puritans shut down the Globe Theatre.