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Copy of Copy of The Bard of Avon: William Shakespeare as a Playwright, an Actor, and a Flawed Human Being
Transcript of Copy of Copy of The Bard of Avon: William Shakespeare as a Playwright, an Actor, and a Flawed Human Being
William Shakespeare's Life and Times
Early Life and Times
The Lost Years
Life as a Playwright
The Death of Shakespeare
Actual Birth Date: Unknown
Baptized: April 26th, 1564
It is traditional to celebrate Shakespeare's birthday on April 23rd for 2 reasons:
1. Children were often baptized within just a few days of birth.
2. 04/23 is also St. George's Day.
St. George is the patron saint of England.
Father: John Shakespeare
Mother: Mary Arden
Shakespeare was born and raised in a little house in Stratford-Upon-Avon
Young Love (?)
At age 18, he married Anne Hathaway, who was 26 at the time.
6 months later, their daughter, Susanna, was born.
Later, they also had twins: Hamnet and Judith
Not this Anne Hathaway...
THIS Anne Hathaway.
During this time period, Shakespeare basically vanished from the face of the planet.
We have no idea where he was or what he was doing.
He's considered "lost" because there is no evidence of his existence until he showed up in London (far, far from home) in 1592.
The common theory is that he was caught poaching deer and went into hiding to avoid jail time or a fine.
Or... maybe his new wife (who was known for not being a very pleasant person) was driving him crazy so he took off.
Either way... *poof!* Gone. No sign of him. For a while, anyway...
It is not known when exactly Shakespeare started writing, but his plays generally start making appearances in London theatre around 1592.
The Lord Chamberlain's Men
This was the first known play company that Shakespeare worked for.
They were sponsored by the Lord Chamberlain, who had the duty of finding court entertainment.
This was during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.
In 1603, the company became...
The King's Men
This is due to the fact that King James I ascended to the throne in 1603 and became their benefactor.
In 1599, members of the company built The Globe Theatre.
The Globe went up in flames in 1693 during a performance of Henry VIII.
Apparently, a theatrical cannon misfired, igniting the wood beams and thatching.
According to the few surviving records of the event, the man whose breeches were on fire and put out by a bottle of ale was the only person harmed.
The company took ownership of Blackfriars in 1608.
This was the first indoor theatre.
Thanks to property purchases and investments, Shakespeare became a pretty wealthy man.
Uncommon, But I Guess if You're Shakespeare, You Can Do Whatever in the World You Want To!
Date of Death: April 23, 1616
He died on his 52nd birthday.
Cause of Death: Unknown
Too much pickled herring
Whatever the cause, he's buried at the Holy Trinity Church in Stratford-Upon-Avon.
He did leave a will, by the way.
Perhaps the most entertaining part is that he left his wife, Anne, his "second best bed."
He attended school, but during high school he was forced to drop-out because of his father's debt.
Shakespeare retired to Stratford-Upon-Avon some years prior to his death.
In earlier years, he purchased the home next door to his childhood home and the homes were later joined into one large house. This is where he lived out his final days.
No big deal... he was a lousy student anyway.