William Shakesphere

The Life and Times of the World's Most Famous Playwright

Early Life

William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon on April 23, 1564. HIs parents were John Shakespeare and Mary Arden. When he was around 18, he got married to Anne Hathaway who was 26 at the time. The two had a child soon after, and twin boys two years later, Judith and Hamnet, who died at the age of 11.


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Involvment in Theatre

Though many are not certain when Shakespeare's involvement in theater began, historians say that it may have began in 1590, when William was 26. Shakespeare's first play was Henry VI. The play had three parts; the first was produced in 1592. Parts two and three were produced in 1593. They were first sold in printed format in 1594 and 1623. Romeo and Juliet, one of Shakespeare's most well known plays, was produced in 1594 and published in 1597.