Taking a Spin on Shakespeare
Shakespeare Biography :
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William Shakespeare was supposedly born on April 23, 1564. His parents were John Shakespeare and Mary Arden. There is no exact record of his birth, but his baptism was April 26, 1564 and back then parents had there children baptized a few days after their birth. Shakespeare probably attended Stratford Grammar School, but did not attend the Oxford of Cambridge School.
He was married to Anne Hathaway in 1582. The year after that, she gave birth to their first daughter, Susanna. Two years later she gave birth to the twins, Judith and Hamnet.
Seven years later Shakespeare became a poet, actor, and playwright. When Shakespeare was in the theatrical play “A Groatsworth of Wit”, his rival Robert Greene called him “an upstart crow”. Three years later Shakespeare joined up with one of the most, if not the most, successful person in London. The theater was called “The Theater”.
In 1599 they lost the lease of The Theater. They were wealthy enough to build their own theater called “The Globe”. The Globe opened in July 1599. The Globe Theater had the motto "Totus mundus agit histrionem", which meant “A Whole World of Players.” In 1603, the “A Whole World of Players” was designated to King James I. They then changed the name to “All the Kings Men” or “The Kings Company”.
This is a picture of the Globe Theater before it burned down.
Shakespeare entertained the King for ten years. In June 19, 1613, a canon fired from the roof of the theater for the gala performance of Henry the VIII. It set fire the to the thatch roof and burned the theater to the ground. At first the audience ignored the smoke, thinking it was part of the show. Then the flames got on fire the walls and the fabric in the curtains. Surprisingly there were no deaths. The next spring the company had the theater “new builded in a far fairer manner than before”. Even though Shakespeare had put most of his money into rebuilding the new theater, he retired from the stage to the Great House of New Place in Statford. He had purchased in 1597. He stayed there, and continued to write, until his death in 1616 on the day of his 52 nd birthday.
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