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William Shakespeare

Shakespeare life:
William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon; he was the son of john Shakespeare and Mary Arden. There is no record for his birth but his baptism was recorded by the church 23rd April. Shakespeare is known to have attended Stratford grammar school but didn’t proceed to oxford or Cambridge. He married Anne Hathaway in 1582. The following year she bore him a daughter followed by the twins Judith and hamnet two years later. He arrived in London 1588 and began to establish him self as a an actor and playwright. Shakespeare Company was the most successful in London. His success allowed him to purchase a new house and retire in comfort to Stratford in 1611.

Famous actors in Shakespeare’s time
Shakespeare’s played relatively minor parts in his own plays mainly the parts of older men. During the medieval era, plays took place on carts that the players (actors) pushed around from town to town. These actors were more than just that. The players were tumblers, jugglers, stilt walkers and comics. They did all of this not only to entertain their
Audience, but to make a life's earnings. Many of the more refined performances took place in the Great Halls of the day.
These were the halls of the nobleman's houses. "In 1603, during the Great Plague, the King and his court left London to stay at Hampton Court Palace and there Shakespeare's Company performed their plays to entertain them"
Richard Burbage the son of James Burbage who built the Globe and established the Blackfriars Theatre. Burbage was one of the great tragic actors of his day and the roles of Hamlet, Othello and Lear were probably written for him

Shakespeare’s theatre
The first proper theatre as we know it was the Theatre, built at Shoreditch in 1576. Before this time plays were performed in the courtyard of inns, or sometimes, in the houses of noblemen. A noble had to be careful about which play he allowed to be performed within his home, however....

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