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William Shakespeare



Welcome to, By Robert Lean 8T


Fact File

The Works



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Year Life
1564 Shakespeare Born
1565-1581 1567 Richard Burbage, the greatest tragedian of the age, who would eventually portray Hamlet, Lear, Othello and all Shakespeare's great parts born

1576 James Burbage (father of Richard) obtains a 21 year lease and permission to build The Theatre in Shoreditch
1577 The Curtain, a rival theater near The Theatre, opens in Finbury

1582 Shakespeare Married Anne Hathaway
1583 Birth of daughter Susanna
The Queen's Company is formed in London
1585 Birth of twins, Judith and Hamnet
1587-1592 Departure from Stratford
Establishment in London as an actor/playwright
1593 Preferment sought through aristocratic connections - dedicates Venus and Lucrece to Henry Wriothsley, Earl of Southampton - possibly the youth of the Sonnets
1594 Founding member of the Lord Chamberlain's Men
1594-1596 The Lyrical masterpieces

Prosperity and recognition as the leading London playwright.

1596 John Shakespeare reapplies successfully for a coat of arms
1596 Hamnet Shakespeare dies at age 11

1597-1599 Artistic Maturity

Purchases New Place, Stratford with other significant investments

1599 The Globe Theater built on Bankside from the timbers of The Theatre.   Shakespeare is a shareholder and receives about 10% of the profits

1600-1608 The Period of the Great Tragedies & Problem Plays

1600 The Fortune Theater opens

1601 Shakespeare's father dies

1603 The Lord Chamberlain's Men become The King's Men
who perform at court more than any other company

1607 Susanna Shakespeare married Dr. John Hall

1608 The King's Men begin playing at the Blackfriars

1608 Shakespeare's mother dies

1609-1611 Period of the Romances
1609 Publication of the
1612-1616 Shakespeare probably retires from London life to Stratford
Works on collaborations with John Fletcher

1616 Judith Shakespeare married Thomas Quiney

March 1616 Shakespeare apparently ill revises his will

April 23, 1616 Shakespeare dies and is burried at Holy trinity Church, Stratford