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Shakespeare's life




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William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare

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Life and Times

Life and Times

What we know about Shakespeare comes from church documents and legal records.

Some documents that we have are baptismal registration, marriage license, and records of real estate transactions.

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Shakespeare was the 3rd of eight children

Shakespeare was born April 23, 1564.

Shakespeare was born in Stratford

Shakespeare’s dad was a shoemaker and sometimes served as a justice of the peace

Shakespeare died April 23, 1616.

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Shakespeare’s Life

Shakespeare’s Life

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 James

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Romeo and Juliet

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.

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Other Plays

Other Plays

Julius Caesar



King Lear


Midsummers Night’s Dream

Henry V

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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”

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Shakespeares Theater

Shakespeares Theater

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 inns

Shakespeare built the GLOBE Theater

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Theater continued

Theater continued

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

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Acting was not considered a respectable profession by the English Puritans

All women’s parts were played by boys

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