Born on April 23, 1564 in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England. His father John
Shakespeare and his mother Mary Arden. W.S. was able to attend grammer
school and learned Greek and Latin classics (this is comparable to college
education today). At age 14 his father lost the family fortune and remained
poor until his death
At 18 he married Anne Hathaway in 1582. She was 26 years old. They had
three children Suzanne(1583) and the twins Hamnet and Judith(1585).
In his mid-twenties he left Stratford(supposedly because of poaching on the
Queen's land) for London. His first job with Richard Burbage's men was as
an osler; next an actor.
No one knows what he was doing during 1585-1592.
By 1592 he had become known in London as an actor and playwright; his rise
Queen Elizabeth 1 supported the arts and the theater.
In 1592 a plague closed the theaters(Shakespeare wrote poetry during this
time to support himself). In 1593 a brief reopening of the theater happened.
In 1594 theaters reopened.
The troupe became the Lord Chamberlain's Men set up on a servant co-op
structure. Requirements for actors:
1. loud voice
2. sing and play instruments
3. good swordsman
4. good memories
During this time he wrote many comedies: Comedy of Errors first of any
Histories were written in support of the gov't. This is where they were