1564 William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon 26 April 1564 Shakespeare was baptised November 1582 Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway 1592 This is the earliest time when records show that Shakespeare was in London 1593 Shakespeare’s first poem was published, and his plays started to be performed by different theatre groups in London 1594 Shakespeare’s first plays were performed by the Lord Chamberlain’s Men
1603 James I was crowned king, and Shakespeare’s theatre group was renamed the King’s Men when the King became their patron 1604-1605 The King’s Men performed seven of Shakespeare’s plays for King James I 1609 Shakespeare’s sonnets were published 1611 Shakespeare moved from London back to Stratford-upon-Avon 23 April 1616 William Shakespeare died
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---We don’t know the date that William Shakespeare was born – we just know the date that he was baptised. ----Shakespeare had three children named Susanna, Hamnet and Judith. Hamnet and Judith were twins. -----Most of the poems Shakespeare wrote are called sonnets. He wrote 154 sonnets! -----Shakespeare is sometimes called ‘The Bard of Avon’ – a bard is another word for a poet. ------Shakespeare wrote almost 40 plays; someone who writes plays is also called a playwright. -----Not a lot of people could read and write in Shakespeare’s time, so the Globe Theatre hung different coloured flags to let people know when a play was going to be performed, and what kind of play it was going to be (if it was sad or funny). ------The Globe Theatre was shaped like an octagon – it had eight sides. ------Women didn’t act in Shakespeare’s time, so boys would have to play the roles of women. That means that Juliet in Romeo and Juliet would have been played by a boy!
Look through the gallery and see if you can spot all the following:
William Shakespeare Anne Hathaway's Cottage A statue of Shakespeare Mary Arden was Shakespeare's mother; visitors can still see her childhood home today William Shakespeare’s birthplace William Shakespeare’s grave A drawing of what Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre would have looked like A replica (copy) of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, which was built in London in 1997 The stage in the Globe The Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford