This Shakespeare timeline covers all the significant events that shaped Shakespeare’s biography. Born in 1564, Shakespeare lived through the massive cultural and socio-political shifts of the Elizabethan and Jacobean period. Before his death in 1616, he managed to produce 37 plays and 154 sonnets, considered to be the most important and enduring ever written. This Shakespeare timeline brings together all of these significant events in one place.
Shakespeare was born on 23 April 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon and baptized at Holy Trinity Church.
Shakespeare attended King Edward IV Grammar School in Stratford-upon-Avon between the age of 7 and 14.
Married Anne Hathaway from nearby Shottery in November 1582, possibly in a Catholic ceremony.
His daughter Susanna was born in May – she was conceived out of wedlock.
Shakespeare’s twins, Judith and Hamnet born in February 1585.
During the Shakespeare lost years, Shakespeare disappears from the history books for several years.
By this time, Shakespeare had moved to London and established himself as a popular dramatist. We don’t know when Shakespeare moved to London, but it is widely accepted that it happened in the late 1580s.
Shakespeare wrote Romeo and Juliet, his classic tragedy about star-crossed lovers.
Hamnet died at the age of 11. Shakespeare was devastated by the death of his only son, and it is argued that the character of Hamlet Prince of Denmark, written four years later, is evidence of this.
Shakespeare wrote Much Ado About Nothing, one of his best-loved comedies.
Shakespeare wrote Hamlet, possibly in response to the death of his son.
Macbeth first performed at the Globe Theater.
Shakespeare retires from London and moves back to his home town of Stratford-upon-Avon. He spent the rest of life living in New Place, one of the town’s largest houses.
Shakespeare's death occurred on April 23, 1616. He was buried two days later in Holy Trinity Church, Stratford-upon-Avon. You can still view his grave and read the epitaph engraved into the stone.