William Shakespeare

The best playwright in history

His Life

Shakespeare is often referred to as the English national poet and is considered one of the best playwrights of all time. Shakespeare's plays captured every detail of human emotions when writing his plays. There are no records of Shakespeare's birth but churches have recorded that his baptism was on April 26th, 1564 and since these baptisms generally take place three days after the baby is born, we can assume he was born on April 23rd, 1564. William was baptized at the Holy Trinity Church in Stratford-upon-Avon and later married Anne Hathaway on November 28, 1582 in Worcester, Canterbury Province. Anne gives birth to two twins, but after they are born, there are seven years of Shakespeare's life without records, which scholars call, the "Lost Years".


His Life in London

William lived in London and made money by writing plays, acting in theaters and having these plays produced. Documents prove that in the 1590s, he was a managing partner with an acting company in London, named Lord Chamberlain's Men. After King James was crowned, the name was changed to King's Men, and sold many of Shakespeare's pieces as literature. The theater culture flourished back then and was admired by nobles and high ranking authorities and was able to attract the attention of some famous actors of the time period.


Some of his Best Works

Playwrights of this Time

Other known playwrights of this time included Thomas Kyd, Christopher Marlowe, Ben Jonson, Francis Beaumont, John Fletcher, John Webster, Philip Massinger, and many more.


The Globe Theatre

Was an Elizabethan which opened in the fall of 1599 in Southwark. This was the principal stage for the King's men, and most of Shakespeare's later plays were staged here. On June 29th, 1613, the theater lit on fire when a cannon involved in the play was shot off target. There was a man was injured because he tried to put out the fire on his pants with a bottle of ale, but other than this swag-bellied hugger-mugger, no one else was injured.


Elizabethan Culture

When Queen Elizabeth took the throne, many arguments broke out around Europe. During her reign for forty-five years, London became a cutural and commercial business center where education and the arts where valued. This was the time when Shakespeare lived and was one of the reasons for the thriving of drama and theater.


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