Shakespeare and Anne Hathaway had three children together – a son, Hamnet, who died in 1596,
and two daughters, Susanna and Judith.
Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, in 1564. Very little is known about his
life, but by 1592 he was in London working as an actor and a dramatist.
Shakespeare marries Anne Hathaway (26) when he was 18, in 1582
First published play was Henry VI, Part Two, which appeared in 1594.
Shakespeare wrote plays and poems. His plays were comedies, histories and tragedies. His 17
comedies include A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Merry Wives of Windsor.
After William and Anne had the twins, there are no records of the next several years of his life.
Historians often refer to these years as the "lost years." There are lots of theories and stories about
what William was doing during this time. In any event, he and his family eventually ended up in
London where William was working at the theatre.
William was part of an acting company called Lord Chamberlain's Men. An acting company in
England at this time worked together to put on plays. There were typically around ten actors in a
company including a lead actor, character actors, and some comedians.
Young boys typically played women's roles as women
were not allowed to act.
Shakespeare did indeed write the 37 plays and 154 sonnets
Shakespeare is considered by many to be the greatest writer of the English language. He is also
one of the most influential. Through his works, he is credited with introducing nearly 3000 words
to the English language. In addition, his works are the second most often quoted after the Bible.
The Globe Theatre became the place to be in London. It could house up to 3,000 spectators and
had a uniquely designed stage with a painted ceiling, columns, and stage wall. They had specially
trained musicians who made special effects noises during the plays. They even had a cannon that
Thé globe theatre was shut down several times because of the plague.
An argument is being held upon the fact that Shakespeare actually took credit off someone else for writing his plays for him.
William Shakespeare would have attended King Edward VI Grammar School in
Stratford-upon-Avon from the age of 7 in 1571 and left school and formal education when he was
fourteen in 1578 due to economic issues with his father.