Life and Times
What we know about Shakespeare
comes from church documents and
– Some documents that we have are
baptismal registration, marriage
license, and records of real estate
Shakespeare was the 3rd of eight
Shakespeare was born April 23, 1564.
Shakespeare was born in Stratford
Shakespeare’s dad was a shoemaker
and sometimes served as a justice of
Shakespeare died April 23, 1616.
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
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.
Midsummers Night’s Dream
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”
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
Shakespeare built the GLOBE Theater
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
Acting was not considered a
respectable profession by the English
All women’s parts were played by
Women did not enter the theater until
Juliet would have been played by a
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