William Shakespeare By: Kyle Brindle

Short biography on Shakespeare


William Shakespeare was born in a market town called Stratford-upon-Avon on April 23, 1564. April 23 is the day historians believe to be his birth date, since he was baptized on April 26, and back then, babies were usually baptized three days after they were born.


In 1599, Shakespeare leased the Globe Theatre, making him part of the first group of actor-sharers to to also be theater owners. If the theater wasn't successful, then Shakespeare and the other sharers would be at huge financial risk, but if it succeeded, it would promise great profits.


In his last years, he was the author of three plays-Cymbeline, The Tempest, and The Winter's Tale. In 1612, he became England's most successful playwright. He had three children, Hamnet, Judith, and Susanna. Hamnet died at age 11, Judith had three boys, but they all died before she did, and Susanna had a daughter who had no children. William Shakespeare died on April 23, 1616 at the age of 52 in his hometown.



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