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Significant Dates in the Life of Shakespeare

1564, April 23: Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, Kingdom of England [now England, UK]

1593: In 1593 and 1594, when the theatres were closed because of plague, Shakespeare published two narrative poems on erotic themes, Venus and Adonis and The Rape of Lucerne

1593-94: Shakespeare probably wrote Titus Andronicus and the Taming of The Shrew

1596: The year before he bought New Place as his family home in Stratford, Shakespeare was living in the parish of St. Helen’s, Bishopsgate, north of the River Thames

1596-97: Shakespeare probably wrote The Merchant of Venice and Henry IV, Part One

1599: The Lord Chamberlain’s Men lease land for the Globe Theatre. Shakespeare is a part of Lord Chamberlain’s Men. Later during the year the Globe Theatre opens.

1604: Shakespeare probably wrote Othello. The play is first performed at Whitehall on November 1st

1605: The Merchant of Venice is first performed at court

1606: Shakespeare probably wrote Antony and Cleopatra

1613: The Globe Theatre burns down and reopens on the opposite side of the Thames

1616: Shakespeare dies on April 23rd. Died: at the age of 52; April 23, 1616 in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, Kingdom of England. His burial is recorded in the register of Stratford’s Holy Trinity Church on April 25th.

1623: Anne Hathaway Shakespeare dies. 


William Shakespeare in Art: A Desire for Diversity Introduction

More about Shakespeare

Further Reading on Shakespeare and Race

List of People of Color in Shakespearean Roles

Titus Andronicus

Merchant of Venice


Antony and Cleopatra