Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

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William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616) Scientists have only very few facts about his life (e.g. some bills and his last will, but no letters) and so almost everything they know about his life is speculation. It´s not certain if he wrote all his plays by himself, some people even believe that he was illiterate. Born in Stratford-on-Avon in the county of Warwickshire, probably on 23 April 1564, because he is baptized on 26 April 1564. mother: Mary Arden, from an old and rich family of local landowners father: John Shakespeare, a dealer in agricultural products (wool, hides), holds a good position in the administration of Stratford. They have eight children, William is their third child. Most probably he attends the local grammar school in Stratford. 1582: He marries Ann Hathaway. She is the daughter of a farmer and landowner and she is eight years older than William. Five months later their daughter Susan is born, two years later they get the twins Hamnet and Judith. The next ten years of Shakespeare´s life are unknown. 1594: He is a successful actor and writer of plays, poems and sonnets in London. Actors aren´t socially accepted, they need support by some powerful men. Shakespeare´s group is under the protection of the Lord Chamberlain, an official of the royal household. They are called the Lord Chamberlain´s Company . They perform their plays in the Theatre , the first English playhouse to be especially built for the theatre (erected by James Burbage in 1576). The Theatre was ...

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