Shakespeare Timeline


The coronation of Queen Elizabeth I


The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II as monarch of the United Kingdom in 1559.

The first public playhouse (“The Theatre”) is built in London


The Theatre was the first London playhouse built by the English actor and entrepreneur James Burbage and close friends with Shakespere.

Sir Francis Drake’s circumnavigation of the world

1577 - 1580

Drake carried out the second circumnavigation of the world in a single expedition was the first to complete the voyage as captain throughout the expedition.

Sir Walter Raleigh’s first expedition to Roanoke


First voyages to Roanoke Island. Raleigh dispatched an expedition led by Philip Amadas and Arthur Barlowe to explore the eastern coast of North America. They landed on Roanoke Island and quickly established relations with the local natives known as the Secotan and Croatoans.

The defeat of the Spanish Armada


Off the coast of Gravelines, France, Spain's 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


The North Berwick were witch trials that were implicating many people from East Lothian, Scotland, accused of witchcraft in the St Andrew's Auld Kirk in North Berwick. About 70 people were accused of these witchcrafts.

Christopher Marlowe’s Dr. Faustus premieres


Christopher Marlowe’s The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus premiered in 1592.

The plague hits London, closing the theaters


in January 1593 the theatres were closed because of an outbreak of plague in London.

Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream premieres

1595 - 1596

Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream premieres.

The Earl of Essex’s attempted rebellion


Was an unsuccessful rebellion led by Robert Devereux, in 1601 against Elizabeth I of England and the court faction led by Sir Robert Cecil to gain recognition in the court.

King James I succeeds Queen Elizabeth I


In 1603, he succeeded the last Tudor monarch of England and Ireland, Elizabeth I, who died without issue.

The Gunpowder Plot


The Gunpowder Plot was a failed attempt to destroy England’s King James along with his council.

The founding of Jamestown, Virginia


In 1607, 104 English men and boys arrived in the Americans to colnize and establish a settlement. The settlement became the first permanent English settlement in the Americas.

The King James Bible is published


The King James Bible was an English translation of the Christian Bible for the Church of England that took 7 years to complete.

The Globe is destroyed by a fire


The Globe Theatre was a theatre in London associated with William Shakespeare and was destroyed by a fire just after 14 years.

Theaters are shut down by the Puritans and acting is banned


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