Shakespeare's times

The great time of plays

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William Shakespeare was born the 26 of April 1564 and died the 23 of April 1616. He was an English poet, playwright and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English Language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. His extant works, including collaboration consist in 38 plays, 154 sonnets and two long narratives poems. All of his plays were translated into every major living language and are performed more often that those of any other playwright.

His most popular plays

- Macbeth

- Romeo and Juliet

- Hamlet

- The tempest

- Othello

The Globe Theatre

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The Globe Theatre on the banks of the River Thames was hugely popular in the 1600s and was visited by about 20,000 Londoners a week. The theatre which was constructed by Cuthbert Curbage in 1599 is called Globe due to it's round shape, it also had an open roof and so subject to the weather, the theatre was only open from April to September.

Shakespeare London/ Tudor England

Henry Tudor who seized the English thrones as Henry VII in 1485 and married Elizabeth of York, peut an end to the war of the Roses. Henry was a resolute and efficient monarch who centralized the political power in the crown. He took little interest in enhancing London. Nonetheless, the comparative stability of the Tudor kingdom had long term effects on the city, which grew rapidly during the 16h century. The nobility found that power and wealth were now best won for favour at court, rather than by warring among themselves in the provinces as they had so often done in the past. The Tudor period is considered to have ended in 1603 by the death of Queen Elizabeth