was christened on April 26, 1564. April 26 is Saint George's Day; Saint
George was the patron saint of England.
1582, he married Anne Hathaway, 8 years his senior,and his daughter Susanna was born 6 months later. They had twins Hamnet and Judith in 1585. Hamnet died at age
Apparently he left Stratford
on Avon, his hometown, in 1585 to tour with an acting troupe.
Under two monarchs, Elizabeth I and James I, he ran
acting troupes: first the Lord Chamberlain's Men then the King's Men.
Greene's pamphlet mentions an Aupstart crow@ as a reference to Shakespeare.
In 1593, Shakespeare dedicated his poems
to the Earl of Southampton.
By 1595, he was a "sharer" (partner)
in the Lord Chamberlain's acting company.
His steady income from his share of the profits of The GLOBE (theater)
allowed him to purchase a home, New Place, in Stratford on Avon in 1610.
He died on April 26, 1616.
Hemminge and Condell published First Folio, 1623, 36 plays, adding 20 to the 16 published in Quarto form
Dilemma that affects the theme and plot of many of his plays involved
the question of what would happen to England when Elizabeth I died without a child.