Shakespeare Timeline by Zi

Events

The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth

1559

Queen Elizabeth became the Queen of England.

The plague hits London, closing the theaters

1563

In 1606, deaths from the plague led to the closure of theatres. The disease reached the playwright’s house in London, and was to change his professional life, and the whole of drama, forever.

The Theater

1576

The Theatre was the first London playhouse, built in 1576 by the English actor and entrepreneur James Burbage, father of the great actor and friend of Shakespeare, Richard Burbage.

Sir Francis Drake’s circumnavigation of the world

1577 - 1580

Drake carried out the second circumnavigation of the world in a single expedition, from 1577 to 1580, and was the first to complete the voyage as captain while leading the expedition throughout the entire circumnavigation.

Sir Walter Raleigh’s first expedition to Roanoke

April 27, 1584

First voyages to Roanoke Island. On April 27, 1584, Raleigh dispatched an expedition led by Philip Amadas and Arthur Barlowe to explore the eastern coast of North America. They arrived on Roanoke Island on July 4 and soon established relations with the local natives, the Secotans and Croatoans.

The defeat of the Spanish Armada

1588

Off the coast of Gravelines, France, Spain's so-called “Invincible Armada” is defeated by an English naval force under the command of Lord Charles Howard and Sir Francis Drake.

The North Berwick Witch Hunt

1589 - 1593

The North Berwick witch trials ran for two years from 1590 to 1592 and implicated at least seventy people from southern Scotland, including several nobles of the Scottish court. The suspected witches were accused of holding their covens on the Auld Kirk Green in the village of North Berwick, East Lothian (near Edinburgh).

Christopher Marlowe’s Dr. Faustus premieres

1592

The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus, commonly referred to simply as Doctor Faustus, is an Elizabethan tragedy by Christopher Marlowe, based on German stories about the title character Faust, that was first performed sometime between 1588 and Marlowe's death in 1593. Two different versions of the play were published in the Jacobean era, several years later.

The Earl of Essex’s attempted rebellion

1601

Essex's Rebellion was an unsuccessful rebellion led by Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex in 1601 against Elizabeth I of England and the court faction led by Sir Robert Cecil to gain further influence at court.

King James I succeeded Queen Elizabeth I

1603

James was the son of Mary, Queen of Scots, and a great-great-grandson of Henry VII, King of England and Lord of Ireland, positioning him to eventually accede to all three thrones. ... In 1603, he succeeded the last Tudor monarch of England and Ireland, Elizabeth I, who died without issue.

The Gunpowder Plot

1605

The Gunpowder Plot of 1605, in earlier centuries often called the Gunpowder Treason Plot or the Jesuit Treason, was a failed assassination attempt against King James I of England and VI of Scotland by a group of provincial English Catholics led by Robert Catesby.

Macbeth Premieres

1606

Macbeth is a tragedy by William Shakespeare, it is thought to have been first performed in 1606.

The founding of Jamestown, Virginia

1607

In 1607, 104 English men and boys arrived in North America to start a settlement. On May 13 they picked Jamestown, Virginia for their settlement, which was named after their King, James I. The settlement became the first permanent English settlement in North America.

The King James Bible is published

1611

The King James Version (KJV), also known as the King James Bible (KJB) or simply the Authorized Version (AV), is an English translation of the Christian Bible for the Church of England begun in 1604 and completed in 1611.

The Globe is destroyed by a fire

1613

The Globe Theatre was a theatre in London associated with William Shakespeare. It was built in 1599 by Shakespeare's playing company, the Lord Chamberlain's Men, on land owned by Thomas Brend and inherited by his son, Nicholas Brend and grandson Sir Matthew Brend, and was destroyed by fire on 29 June 1613.

Theaters are shut down by the Puritans and acting is banned

1642

With the English Civil War having broken out in earnest in June 1642, the Long Parliament was now led primarily by Puritans, who viewed the theatre as centres of vice. On 2nd September, an ordinance was passed that ordered theatres to close for the duration of the war.