By: Lauren Van Helden and Jessica Adkins

Getting to Know Shakespeare

Shakespeare was a very successful actor and playwriter. Shakespeare was born on April 23rd, 1564. He married at age 18 to Anne Hathaway. Together they had three children, one who died at age 11. At age 52 he passed away on April 23rd, 1616, his birthday. Before he died, Shakespeare accomplished many things. He was successful in writing 36 plays, 154 sonnets and other poems. He also became a co-owner of the Famous Globe Theatre in 1599. Shakespeare wrote all kinds of different plays, which included boys and men. His death is a mystery, but he will never be forgotten.

Questions About Shakespeare

- What was Shakespeare inspired by in writing all of his plays?

- How did Shakespeare's daughter die?

- Where did Shakespeare come up with the idea of Romeo and Juliet?

- Who did Shakespeare think his audience would be consisted of?