William Shakespeare 1564 - 1616
Born Stratford-upon-Avon, baptized (April 26),
eldest son of John Shakespeare and Mary Arden.
1568 John Shakespeare becomes bailiff of Stratford.
1582 Marries Anne Hathaway of Shottery.
1583 Baptism (May 26) of first daughter, Susanna
Baptism (February 2) of twins,
son and daughter, Hamnet and Judith.
First performances of the historical
trilogy Henry VI.
1596 Son Hamnet dies (August 11), aged eleven.
1597 Bought New Place, the second largest house in Stratford.
First publication of the quarto of
Love's Labour's Lost.
1599 Globe Theatre opens.
Father, John, dies.
Performance of Richard II at the Globe.
Queen Elizabeth I dies.
The Lord Chamberlain's Men
becomes The King's Men.
Daughter, Susanna, marries (June 5)
John Hall, a well known doctor in Stratford.
One of the founders of the Blackfriars Theatre.
Mother, Mary, dies.
1610 Presumed year of return to live in Stratford, from London.
Testifies in the Belott-Mountjoy suit.
The earliest surviving example of Shakespeare's
signature is at the end of his deposition.
1613 The Globe burns down.
Daughter, Judith marries (February 10) Thomas Quiney.
Shakespeare signs (March 25) his will.
Dies (April 23). Buried in Holy Trinity Church, Stratford.
Death of Shakespeare's widow, Anne.
Publication of the First Folio by Robert Heminge and Henry Condell.