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He was baptized on April 26, 1564
He married Anne Hathaway in 1582 when he was 18
years old
He had three children: Susannah, and twins Hamnet
and Judith
He was in London by 1592 because he was attacked
in an article by Robert Green
He died on April 23, 1616
 Shakespeare first performed at the Rose Theater
 It was owned by Philip Henslowe
 The Rose was located in London main
 Later Shakespeare built the Globe Theater in London
and became part owner of it
 The Globe was moved to Southwerk across the river
from London
 Shakespeare, Christopher Marlowe, Ben Johnson,
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The owners of the theaters, like Phillip Henslowe,
would ask writers for good scripts to keep their
theater above the competition
Often the writers would write plays for specific
actors that they knew would bring in a crowd
They needed famous actors and their companies
that would guarantee a large crowd
One famous actor that Shakespeare often wrote
plays for was Ned Alleyn
 In Elizabethan England it was illegal for women to
perform on stage
 Often the roles of women were played by young men
whose voices had not changed
 Because of this there weren’t many good female parts,
most were very manly characters like Lady Macbeth
and Katherine from Taming of the Shrew
 Often not many kissing scenes because of the
awkwardness
 One thing that was very important was the costumes
 No scenery was used and settings had to be created
with words, costumes, and the audience’s imagination
 Often the costumes were very flashy and donated by
wealthy patrons because they were the only people
who could afford the different colors
 In those times the color of your clothes showed your
economic status
 The common people wore browns and neutral colors
while purple was reserved for royalty
 Very fond of theater
 She is credited with saving theater because when the
city fathers wanted to get rid of the theaters she
wouldn’t allow them to
 If it wasn’t for her there might not be any theaters
today