Major Events in Shakespeare's Life By randy hall

Shakespeare's face, a character in one of his plays, and the globe theater.

Thesis: Shakespeare wrote a lot of plays and left a legacy behind that few can match.

Who is Shakespeare?

Shakespeare was famous for many things, "Shakespeare, William (1564-1616), was an English playwright, poet, and actor. Many people regard him as the world’s greatest dramatist and the finest poet England has ever produced." Shakespeare was very influential and had a huge impact on writing and the way we speak.

Shakespeare's family

Shakespeare had a family too,"At the age of eighteen, he married Anne Hathaway, who was eight years older than he was. Sometime after the birth of their second and third children (twins), Shakespeare moved to London, apparently leaving his family in Stratford." His reason for moving away from his family to go into theater was probably caused by his annoying kids.

What did he create and accomplish

What did Shakespeare do?

Shakespeare wrote a variety of different writing styles and forms,"Shakespeare wrote at least 38 plays, two major narrative poems, a sequence of sonnets, and several short poems. His works have been translated into a remarkable number of languages, and his plays are performed throughout the world. His plays have been a vital part of the theater in the Western world since they were written about 400 years ago." These heavily influenced the world in which we live today.

Shakespeare's legacy

Also he is very mysterious and well-known,"He is the most famous writer in the world, but he left us no journals or letters-he left us only his poems and his plays." This is odd because for so an influential writer you would expect journals or autobiographies from him.

Early career

He also had a speculated rise to fame,"At some point after his marriage, and probably after the birth of his children, Shakespeare must have made his way to London and joined the theatrical world there. Little is known for certain about how this happened, but it is thought that Shakespeare might have first worked as a minor actor in one of London's theater companies before making his name as a playwright." These details can make it hard to make certain on how to be famous yourself.

Rise to popularity

These plays are really made Shakespeare a cult classic,"Shakespeare's Henry VI plays were apparently very successful. The theatrical entrepreneur Philip Henslowe (1555/6–1616), who is a major source for a good deal of our knowledge of London Elizabethan theatrical activity during the last decades of the 16th century and early 17th century, noted in his diary on March 3, 1592, a new performance of what he called "Harry VI" (Dobson and Wells: 200). Over a 10-month period, the play was performed at least 15 times. The second part, Henry VI, Part 2 was published in a quarto version, which appeared in 1594 with the title The First Part of the Contention of the Two Famous Houses of York and Lancaster (some scholars believe that Henry VI, Part 2 was actually written before Henry VI, Part 1). Publication of a play implied its popularity. Quarto versions also were produced in 1600 and 1619. The third part of the trilogy, Henry VI, Part 3, was published in 1595 under the title The True Tragedy of Richard Duke of York and the Good King Henry the Sixth. It focuses on attempts by a rival Yorkist to seize the throne from the weak Henry VI."His play Henry VI gave him a huge popularity boost.

Globe Theater

The construction of the Globe Theater

The globe theater was where he did a lot of plays,"The brothers Cuthbert and Richard Burbage constructed the theater in 1599 from the timbers of London's first playhouse, called The Theatre. They erected the Globe in the area known as the Bank side on the south side of the River Thames in the suburb of Southwark." The construction of this made it so people had to pay to say his plays.

Globe Theater

He did not own the theater but did hold a modest share of it,"Globe Theatre was an early open-air English theater in London. Most of the great English playwright William Shakespeare's plays were first presented at the Globe...Shakespeare owned a modest percentage of the theater and its operations." This was due from him not paying all of the money to build it.

Royal Shakespeare company

What is the RSC

Shakespeare also had a company named after him,"Royal Shakespeare Company is an English theater organization dedicated to presenting the plays of William Shakespeare and other playwrights of his time, modern classical dramas, and new works. The company, also known as the RSC, performs at its own theater at Stratford-upon-Avon, England, Shakespeare's birthplace. The company also stages plays in London. It ranks among the leading theater ensembles in the world." This shows how much of an impact he left on society.

When the royal shakespeare company was formed

Although it includes his name it wasn't made until 2 and a half centuries after his death,"The RSC was established in its present form in 1961, but its roots go back to 1879. In that year, the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre opened in Stratford as the site for productions of Shakespeare's plays. An annual festival of Shakespeare's dramas began in 1886. The theater burned down in 1926, and the present structure was completed in 1932." Even after his death he still created a lasting effect on all of English literature and culture.


Created with images by SPakhrin - "Shakespeare Globe" • tonynetone - "William Shakespeare" • Biblioteca Rector Machado y Nuñez - ""Shakespeare"" • SPakhrin - "Shakespeare Globe" • Andy Hay - "Globe Theatre"

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