Shakespeare's Life


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  • William Shakespeare was born on April 23, 1564 baptized at Holy Trinity Church in Stratford-upon-Avon on April 26, 1564.
  • William Shakespeare's first plays were Richard II, Henry VI (parts 1, 2 and 3) and Henry V in the early 1590s
  • William Shakespeare marred Anne Hathaway and had three children.
  • Tradition has it that William Shakespeare died on his birthday, April 23, 1616, though many scholars believe this is a myth. Church records show he was interred at Trinity Church on April 5, 1616.
  • About 150 years after his death, questions arose about the authorship of William Shakespeare's plays. Scholars and literary critics began to float names like Christopher Marlowe, Edward de Vere and Francis Bacon
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