William Shakespeare

The great writer of the Renaissance (1564-1616)

Background Information

William Shakespeare was born and raised in Stratford, England. His baptism was recorded on April 23, 1564.

"On November 27, 1582, Shakespeare married 26 year-old Anne Hathaway who was six months pregnant at the time. Together, they had three children: Susanna and twins Hamnet and Judith."

Due to culture of his time, people think that Shakespeare stopped attending school at the age of 15.

If You Were a Traveler

Shakespeare's is a reconstruction of the Globe Theatre, an Elizabethan playhouse in the London Borough of South Wark, on the south bank of the River Thames that was originally built in 1599, destroyed by fire in 1613, rebuilt in 1614, and then demolished in 1644.

Stratford, Avon The town is a popular tourist destination owing to its status as birthplace of the playwright and poet William Shakespeare receiving about 4.9 million visitors a year from all over the world.

Contributions to today.

William Shakespeare has given us plays like the famous Romeo & Juliet and Hamlet. After Shakespeare's plays became popular he helped to standardize the English language. Shakespeare has also influenced other writers to our time like Charles Dickens which is the writer of Moby Dick.


  • Shakespeare created the famous play Romeo & Juliet.
  • 38 plays, 2 narratives, 154 sonnets
  • After the close of theaters he created well known poems like Venus and Adonis

Interesting facts

One of Shakespeare’s relatives on his mother’s side, William Arden, was arrested for planning against Queen Elizabeth I

Shakespeare is the second most quoted writer in the English language

Nobody knows Shakespeare’s true birthday. It’s celebrated on April 23rd but this was three days before his baptism which was recorded on April 26th, 1564. However, as Shakespeare was born under the old calendar, what was April 23rd during Shakespeare’s life would actually be May 3rd according to today’s modern calender.

Shakespeare’s father had a lot of different jobs, and at one point he got paid to drink beer.

Nobody knows what Shakespeare did between 1585 and 1592.

The Birthplace is the Shakespeare Centre, a contrasting modern glass and concrete visitors centre which forms the headquarters of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust which opened in 1964

William Shakespeare - Mini Biography


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