Research Bulletin

Some Basic Background

William Shakespeare was a historically important and known man. He wrote plays, he was a poet, and he even acted. He wrote some sonnets, many short poems, and 38 plays. William Shakespeare was the man that wrote a lot of very well known plays. Some examples most people have heard of are:

  • Midsummer Night's Dream
  • Hamlet
  • Romeo and Juliet

By the way, Hamlet is the one that has this well known line:

"To be, or not to be, that is the question—

Whether 'tis Nobler in the mind to suffer
The Slings and Arrows of outrageous Fortune,
Or to take Arms against a Sea of troubles,
And by opposing, end them? To die, to sleep—
No more; and by a sleep, to say we end
The Heart-ache, and the thousand Natural shocks
That Flesh is heir to? 'Tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wished. To die, to sleep,
To sleep, perchance to Dream; Aye, there's the rub,
For in that sleep of death, what dreams may come," etc. etc.

ALL of his plays:

  • All's Well That Ends Well
  • Antony and Cleopatra
  • As You Like It
  • Comedy of Errors
  • Coriolanus
  • Cymbeline
  • Hamlet
  • Henry IV, Part I
  • Henry IV, Part II
  • Henry V
  • Henry VI, Part I
  • Henry VI, Part II
  • Henry VI, Part III
  • Henry VIII
  • Julius Caesar
  • King John
  • King Lear
  • Love's Labour's Lost
  • Macbeth
  • Measure for Measure
  • Merchant of Venice
  • Merry Wives of Windsor
  • Midsummer Night's Dream
  • Much Ado About Nothing
  • Othello
  • Pericles
  • Richard II
  • Richard III
  • Romeo and Juliet
  • Taming of the Shrew
  • Tempest
  • Timon of Athens
  • Titus Andronicus
  • Troilus and Cressida
  • Twelfth Night
  • Two Gentlemen of Verona
  • Winter's Tale

Baptism Date

Sunday, April 26th 1564 at 12am

Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, United Kingdom

Stratford-upon-Avon, England

No one is sure of the date that Shakespeare was born but it was probably in April because in the Catholic church people were baptized at an early age.

Date of Death

Saturday, April 23rd 1616 at 12am

Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, United Kingdom

Stratford-upon-Avon, England

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Above is an Elizabethan Theatre

Elizabethan Era

William Shakespeare lived during a team where Queen Elizabeth I ruled. It was called the Elizabethan Era because she ruled for so long. Queen Elizabeth I was very interested in plays and "the arts." She had many theaters built and she funded many plays and encouraged exploration, art, music, and acting. This particular piece of information is especially important because without Queen Elizabeth, Shakespeare probably would not have been quite as successful as he was and you and I may not even recognize his name if someone told it to you.