WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE PROSOPOGRAPHY

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  • 1564

    EARLY LIFE

    EARLY LIFE
    William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom. His exact date of birth is not known—the baptismal record was dated 26 April 1564—but has been traditionally taken to be 23 April 1564. He was the first son and the first surviving child in the family; two earlier children, had died early.
  • Period: 1569 to 1577

    EDUCATION

    Shakespeare started school at the age of 5.Shakespeare had received a grammar school education from "The King Edward VI School at Stratford".Shakespeare may have been forced to leave school as early as at the age 13, because of his father's financial crisis. There is no record of Shakespeare attending university.
  • 1582

    MARRIED LIFE

    MARRIED LIFE
    William Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway in November 1582 and they remained married until Shakespeare's death. When they got married Shakespeare was 18 whereas, Anne was 26 . Anne and William's first daughter, Susanna, was born six months after their marriage, and they would go on to have twins Judith and Hamnet a few years later.
  • CAREER

    CAREER
    William moves to London and begins his Theatrical career.Sometime between 1585 and 1592, he began a successful career in London as an actor, writer, and part-owner of a playing company called the Lord Chamberlain's Men.
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    FIRST PLAY SUCCESS

    Shakespeare's first play 1589 was a history play called Henry VI Part II and was first performed in 1590-1591.William's first play are a success.
    It is impossible to be sure of the exact order of the plays because no definitive record was made in Shakespeare’s time. https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fen.wikipedia.org%2Fwiki%2FHenry_VI%2C_Part_2&psig=AOvVaw3pdcDZ_tIYFWpTvEbSn32Y&ust=1611656058731000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=0CAIQjRxqFwoTCMjr3O7stu4CFQAAAAAdAAAAABAD
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    SHAKESPEARE'S POETIC OUTPUT

    In 1593-4, with the theatres closed, Shakespeare wrote lengthy poems: Venus and Adonis and The Rape of Lucrece dedicated to Henry Wriothesley, Earl of Southampton, who was nineteen in 1593.
  • WILLIAM AS FONDING MEMBER OF LORD CHAMBERLAIN'S MEN

    WILLIAM AS FONDING MEMBER OF LORD CHAMBERLAIN'S MEN
    When the theatres re-opened in 1594, Shakespeare is recorded as being part of a new company, organised by James Burbage and under the patronage of Queen Elizabeth’s Lord Chamberlain (and hence known as The Lord Chamberlain’s Men). They performed at a playhouse called The Theatre, in which Shakespeare had a financial share.
    It is not surprising that in Hamlet Shakespeare shows such knowledge of acting and of companies of players.
  • WILLIAM'S ONLY SON DIES

    Hamnet died at the age of 11 and was buried in Stratford-upon-Avon on 11 August 1596. The cause of his death is unknown.
    Shakespeare had four grandchildren who all died without heirs, so there are no direct descendants of his line today.
  • BUILDS THE FAMOUS GLOBE THEATRE

    BUILDS THE FAMOUS GLOBE THEATRE
    The Globe Theatre was a theatre in London associated with William Shakespeare. It was built in 1599 by Shakespeare's playing company, the Lord Chamberlain's Men.
    Probably the first Shakespeare play to be performed at the Globe was Julius Caesar, in 1599. Some other Shakespeare plays first performed there are: As You Like It; Hamlet; Measure for Measure; Othello; King Lear; Macbeth and Antony and Cleopatra.
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    SHAKESPEAREAN TRAGEDY

    A Shakespearean tragedy is defined as a play written by William Shakespeare that tells the story of a seemingly heroic figure whose major character flaw causes the story to end with his tragic downfall. Shakespeare wrote 10 plays that are classified as “Shakespearean tragedies,” including "Hamlet" , " Romeo and Juliet" and "Macbeth''. However, Hamlet is said to be his best play ever written.
  • KING'S MEN

    KING'S MEN
    King's Men, English theatre company known by that name after it came under royal patronage in 1603. Its previous name was the Lord Chamberlain's Men. Considered the premier acting company in Jacobean England, the troupe included William Shakespeare as its leading dramatist and Richard Burbage as it principal actor.
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    FINAL PLAYS

    Shakespeare write his Final plays as a solo playwright.The Tempest, the last play Shakespeare wrote alone, may be read as the playwright's farewell to the stage.Fletcher collaborated with Shakespeare on three final plays: Henry VIII, The Two Noble Kinsmen, and finally Cardenio, which has since been lost.
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    BACK TO HIS BIRTH PLACE

    Shakespeare retired from writing around 1613, and he spent his remaining years in Stratford,England looking after his business interests and his family.
    Shakespeare bought the Blackfriars Gate-house in London.
  • WILLIAM DEPARTS THIS LIFE

    WILLIAM DEPARTS THIS LIFE
    Shakespeare dies and is buried in Holy Trinity Church, Stratford.It was unusual for anyone to be buried inside the church (rather than in the surrounding graveyard), and Shakespeare managed this by buying a tithe deed for £440 which gave him the right to have a grave in the chancel of the church, to have his final resting place alongside other family members.