Place of birth and death: Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom Nickname: "Bard of Avon"; "Swan of Avon", "The Bard"
William Shakespeare, often called the English national poet, is widely considered the greatest dramatist of all time. William Shakespeare was a professional actor and playwright from Stratford-Upon-Avon. He worked in London, writing on average three plays a year for the acting company the Lord Chamberlain’s - later King’s Men, whilst sustaining his family in Stratford. Whatever we think about him as a writer, he was principally a man of the theatre: he worked collaboratively and knew his playhouses intimately. He acted in plays by other playwrights and, as a shareholder in the Globe he profited from every aspect of the playmaking business. This made him rich, and he is recorded as being a careful investor.
William Shakespeare's birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon
Main works Tragedies:Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, King Lear, Othello and Macbeth Comedies: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Merchant of Venice, Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It and Twelfth Night. Histories: Richard II, Henry IV, Henry V Henry VI, Richard III, Coriolanus, Julius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra
According to linguist David Crystal, only 5 to 10 per cent of Shakespearean English is different from modern English. However, even that small percentage can confuse students and make the plays and poems seem quite inaccessible. Here you can read about some grammatical changes since Shakespeare’s time.