William Shakespeare (The Bard of Avon) was an English born poet, playwright and actor. He is credited with having written 38 plays and over 150 sonnets. He is widely regarded as the greatest dramatist of all time. Shakespeare is often referred to as the English national poet
William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, England in 1564. He married Anne Hathaway in 1582. At the time he was 18 and she was 26. They had three children, Susanna and twins Hamnet and Judith. At around the age of 21 Shakespeare moved to London where he began a successful career as an actor and writer.
Shakespeare was a member and part owner of a company of theatrical players called the Lord Chamberlain’s Men. The company later became known as the King’s Men. The plays he wrote before 1600 in the early part of his career, such as Richard II and Henry V, were historical in nature. However Romeo and Juliet and the merchant of Venice were also written at this time. Later he wrote what were mainly tragedies. These included plays such as Hamlet and Macbeth. In the last phase of his career he wrote tragicomedies such as The Tempest.
Though Shakespeare became well known as an actor and playwright during his lifetime his writings have remained popular down through the centuries. Today his dramatic genius is well recognised. His plays, which have been translated into every major living language, are highly popular and are constantly studied. Having moved back to live in Stratford-upon-Avon, William Shakespeare died there at the age of 52 on April 23rd 1616.
William Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway in the year 1582 On This Day.