Who was William Shakespeare?
William Shakespeare is one of the world’s greatest writers. William Shakespeare was an English poet, play writer and actor. He was born 26 April 1564 in Stratford. William wrote 38 plays and 154 sonnets. Shakespeare was born in Stratford (England). Later he went to London, to be an actor. But he became famous for writing plays. His friends said he was the best writer of his time. Most people now say he was the best of all time.
Why is Shakespeare so famous?
Shakespeare lived more than 400 years ago. Yet more and more people still go to see his plays.
William’s well loved plays are performed all over the world. Students study Shakespeare in schools and at university. People also write books about William. There are William Shakespeare plays and festivals to. So he is still quite a popular person.
When did Shakespeare live?
William Shakespeare was born in 1564. He grew up in Tudor England in the time of Queen Elizabeth I. He was born in the exciting times when Francis Drake sailed around the world (1577-1580). Shakespeare was probably in London when the Spanish Armada sailed to attack England in 1588. He also saw the coronation of King James I in 1603! 1605 was the year of the Gunpowder Plot and Guy Fawkes. Shakespeare died at the age of 52 on 23 April 1616. He was buried 5 May 1616, at the Church of the Holy Trinity, Stratford-upon-Avon.
William Shakespeare Plays
The play Macbeth has a very dramatic opening with thunder and lightning and three witches plotting to meet with Macbeth.
Women did not act in Shakespeare time. Young boys would dress up to play female roles instead.
The Globe Theatre Plays
Actors in the Globe Theatre did not learn any lines; they would get them on the day of the performance. Often there was a person backstage who would whisper the lines just before they had to say them.
A small tower with a flag pole was outside the Globe. Different coloured flags represented different types of plays; black for a tragedy; white for a comedy; and red for a historical play.
In 1613 a performance of Henry the Eighth, a cannon misfired, and set fire to the Globe Theatre. It was rebuilt the following year.
Shakespeare’s words and Phrases
The term Box Office comes from Shakespeare’s time when people put a penny in a box by the door. To sit in the first gallery you would have to put a penny in another box. To sit in the second gallery you would have to put another penny in.
Shakespeare invented or was the first to write down many new words. These included bandit, ladybird, squabble and tongue tied.
It is thought Shakespeare introduced over 1700 words into the English language.
Fun Facts You May not know about William Shakespeare
. In his will Shakespeare left his wife the ‘second-best bed’.
. Pencils were invented about the time Shakespeare was born.
. Six examples of Shakespeare’s signature are known. They are all different.
. In winter rich people watched plays indoors by candlelight.
. Shakespeare’s first play was Henry VI. His last play was Henry VIII.
. At the Globe people could buy apples to munch while they watched the play.
1. Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them. 2. To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man. 3. The course of true love never did run smooth.
4. To be or not to be: that is the question.
5. All the world’s a stage and all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and their entrances;and one man in his time plays many parts.
6. Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo?
7. Now is the winter of our discontent.
In honour of William Shakespeare people even built a statue of him!
To see it in person all you need to do is visit Leicester Square London. The statue has been there since 1874 which is a very long time.
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