William Shakespearewas baptised on 26 April1564. We dont know theexact date ofhis birth but in the 16thcentury it was normal forbabies to baptised withina few days of their birth(because so many died).Shakespeare was bornthe same year asChristopher Marlowe.
William Shakespearemade his will on 25March 1616 shortlybefore he death. Hedied on 23 April 1616and was buried in theparish church. AnneShakespeare died in1623.
• In 1557 John Shakespeare married a woman from nearby Wilmcote called Mary Arden.• The Shakespeares had 8 children.• In 1558 the Shakespeares had a daughter called Joan (she died in 1563). However in 1563 they had another daughter called Margaret but she too died in childhood.• After William in 1563 they had a son called Gilbert in 1566. (He died in 1612).• They also had another daughter called Joan (like her dead sister) in 1569 and a daughter called Anne in 1571.• In 1574 they had a son called Richard (he died in 1613). In 1580 they had a son called Edmund (he died in 1607).• When he was 18 William Shakespeare married a woman named Anne Hathaway. They married in November 1582 and their daughter Susanna was baptised in May 1583.• On 2 February 1585 the Shakespeares next children, a twin boy and girl, Hamnet and Judith were baptised. However Hamnet died when he was 11
• William Shakespeare probably went to Stratford Grammar School. However we do not know what he did for a living when he was a young man but in about 1587 he went to London. He became an actor and a playwright.
• By 1592 William Shakespeare was making a name for himself. In that year a man named Robert Greene wrote about an upstart crow who is in his own conceit the only Shake-scene in a country. He didnt actually name William Shakespeare but it is clear who he meant.• The theatres in London were closed from 1592 to 1594 because of plague but Shakespeare wrote two poems during that time, Venus and Adonis 1593 and Lucerce in 1594.• William Shakespeare prospered and in 1597 he bought a house and gardens in Stratford for £60.
• In the 19th century as Stratford upon Avon became famous as the birthplace of William Shakespeare. The house where he was born was purchased in 1847 and turned into a monument. Anne Hathaways cottage was purchased in 1892. The Royal Shakespeare Theatre was built in 1932 and the Shakespeare Centre opened in 1964.• Today William Shakespeare is remembered as one of the greatest English playwrights.