In 1599, Shakespeare joined with a few other members of this company called the Lord Chamberlain's Men, to finance a new theater on the south side of the Thames-the famous Globe.
In 1603, the Lord Chamberlain's men became patron to the king. By then had Shakespeare become incredibly wealthy from his plays, and owned the second largest estate in Stratford.
In 1613, the Globe theatre went up in flames, and in 1614 it was rebuilt.
After retiring in 1614, Shakespeare returned to Stratford-upon-Avon. On his birthday (April, 23rd 1616) William Shakespeare died. The first of his plays were published in 1623.
He wrote 37 plays total, including histories, comedies, and tragedies His most famous plays, both in his time and ours, include: Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, and Macbeth.
William Shakespeare's plays are the most read and performed in the world, and have been translated to every spoken language today. His plays are considered exceptional for their wisdom, knowledge of human nature, and remarkable poetry, which is why they are still widely studied and enjoyed today.