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  • 1. William Shakespeare Free powerpoints at
  • 2. Life and Times
    • What we know about Shakespeare comes from church documents and legal records.
      • Some documents that we have are baptismal registration, marriage license, and records of real estate transactions.
  • 3. Family
    • Shakespeare was the 3 rd of eight children
    • Shakespeare was born April 23, 1564.
    • Shakespeare was born in Stratford
    • Shakespeare’s dad was a shoemaker and sometimes served as a justice of the peace
    • Shakespeare died April 23, 1616.
  • 4. Shakespeare’s Life
    • Shakespeare was an actor
    • By 1594, he was a charter member of the theatrical company called Lord Chamberlains Men, which later become The Kings Men.
    • The Kings Men were supported by King James
  • 5. Romeo and Juliet
    • Romeo and Juliet was among the early plays of Shakespeare
    • This play was written between 1594 and 1596
    • By 1612 Shakespeare had written thirty-seven (37) plays.
  • 6. Other Plays
    • Julius Caesar
    • Hamlet
    • Othello
    • King Lear
    • Macbeth
    • Midsummers Night’s Dream
    • Henry V
  • 7. Death
    • Shakespeare died April 23, 1616 (52 years later on his birthday)
    • He is buried under the old stone floor of Holy Trinity Church in Stratford.
    • The following is carved on his tombstone.
      • “ Good friend, for Jesus sake forbear
      • To dig the dust enclosed here.
      • Blessed be the man that spares these stones
      • And cursed be he that moves my bones”
  • 8. Shakespeares Theater
    • James Burbage built the first permanent theater in England.
    • Acting companies played where they could find a spot.
    • Usually this would be in the courtyards of inns
    • Shakespeare built the GLOBE Theater
  • 9. Theater continued
    • In his play Henry V Shakespeare calls his theater the Wooden O
    • Groundlings – people who stood around the stage for the price of a penny
  • 10. Acting
    • Acting was not considered a respectable profession by the English Puritans
    • All women’s parts were played by boys
    • Women did not enter the theater until much later.
    • Juliet would have been played by a boy.