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WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

APRIL 23, 1564 – APRIL 23, 1616

William Shakespeare was a proliļ¬c writer during the Elizabethan and Jacobean ages of British theatre and is known to be one of the greatest poets and playwrights in English history. His works include 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two narrative poems and a collection of other poems. Some of his most well-known works include Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Hamlet and Henry V.

William Shakespeare was born on April 23, 1564 to John Shakespeare and Mary Arden in the town of Stratford-upon-Avon. He received his education at Stratford Grammar School but was pulled out early as his family couldn’t afford it. In 1582, he married Anne Hathaway and had three children, Susanna (1583) and twins Hamnet and Judith (1585).

In 1592, Shakespeare left his family and went to London and began his acting career. It is said that the 1590s were his best years of writing plays and sonnets. Through the years, he progressed and improved in his work from actor, to teacher and then playwright. In London, he became a founding member of The Lord Chamberlain’s Men, a company of actors that later became The King’s Men. Many of his famous tragedies, such as Macbeth and King Lear, were written during his time in the company.

Shakespeare died in Stratford-upon-Avon at the age of 52 and is buried in the sanctuary of the parish church, Holy Trinity

SHAKESPEARE’S TOP 10 MOST POPULAR PLAYS

Shakespeare’s extensive list of works includes more than 100 plays, poems and sonnets. Our festival showcases several famous plays along with intriguing original works. We hope your must-see list has a mix of both!

1 Hamlet (Tragedy) written 1599-1601
2 King Lear (Tragedy) written 1605-1606
3 Romeo and Juliet (Tragedy) written 1595
4 A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Comedy) written 1595
5 Macbeth (Tragedy) written 1606
6 Othello (Tragedy) written 1603-1604
7 Much Ado About Nothing (Comedy) written 1599
8 Richard III (Tragedy) written 1592-1593
9 Julius Caesar (Tragedy) written 1598-1599
10 Taming of the Shrew (Comedy) written 1590-1591