William Shakespeare

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William Shakespeare


William's Shakespeare's theater, the Globe, had a strange beginning. Will and his troupe tore down an old theater, moved the pieces across the river, and built a new theater, called the Globe, out of the pieces. The theater they took down? The Theatre, built by James Burbage, who was the first to come up with the concept of theaters in the first place.

Some believe that William Shakespeare. . .wasn't. There are theories that William was actually pen name for another writer, or a group of writers. (The video is about this.)

The Lord Mayor of London detested theaters because of the large (sometimes drunk) crowds because they attracted pickpockets and spread diseases. He tried to impose many rules on acting troupes concering when and where they could perform. As a result, many built their theaters outside of city limits.

Shakespeare may have gone into hiding during 1585 to 1592 because he was a Catholic. There are no records of Will from this time. This time in his life is now known as "William Shakespeare's Lost Years."

Fun Facts

Did Shakespeare Write his Plays?

Lasting Impact

William Shakespeare has been considered one of the world's greatest playwrights for over four hundred years. He has coined many words and phrases, written thirty-five plays (some say he's written more), and has published many poems and other pieces of writing that still inspire others today.


Family Life

William Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway in 1582 when he was just eighteen. Anne was twenty-six. William and Anne had a daughter, Susanna, and, later, twins, Hamnet and Judith. Sadly, when Hamnet was eleven, he passed away, something that may have inspired Shakespeare to write his play Hamlet.

William Shakespeare has coined the words amazment, birthplace, cold-blooded, dawn, eyeball, fashionable, ill-tempered, jaded, majestic, outgrown, schoolboy, well-behaved, and useful--just to name a few.

Did you know?When he was five, Shakespeare went to grammar school.


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