In 1588 Shakespeare began to establish himself as an actor and playwright and helped establish The Globe Theatre in London. By 1594, he was not only successful in acting and writing plays, but he was as well a managing partner in the operation. Unfortunately, in 1613 the Globe Theatre had been burnt down in act of King Henry VIII, a canon which is used to represent the Kings entrance had set off a beam which engulfed the theatre in flames.
William allegedly passed on his birthday, April 23, 1616. Shakespeare holds a legacy of being a body of work that will never be equaled in Western civilization and has been endured for 400 years.
Life in Elizabethan England
The City of London was a crammed commercial city that smelt of river. The people who lived in London, lived in much grotesque. Streets were narrow and slippery with slime of refuse chamber pots and jordans were emptied out the windows; there was no drainage. Fleet Ditch stank to make a man gag.