Shakespeare Timeline

Shakespeare's Life

Born

April 23, 1564

The baptismal register of the Holy Trinity parish church, in Stratford, shows the following entry for April 26, 1564: Gulielmus filius Johannes Shakespeare. The actual date of Shakespeare's birth is not known, but, traditionally, April 23, St George's Day, has been Shakespeare's accepted birthday, and a house on Henley Street in Stratford, owned by William's father, John, is accepted as Shakespeare's birth place. However, the reality is that no one really knows when the great dramatist was born. According to The Book of Common Prayer, it was required that a child be baptized on the nearest Sunday or holy day following the birth, unless the parents had a legitimate excuse

Married Anne

1582

First daughter Susanna was baptised

1583

Twins Hamnet and Judith are born

1585

Susanna married John Hall

1607

Judith married Thomas Quiney

1616

Death

1616

Politics

Birth of Queen Elizabeth I

1533

Reign of Queen Elizabeth I

1558 - 1603

Elizabeth I (7 September 1533 – 24 March 1603) was queen regnant of England and Ireland from 17 November 1558 until her death. Sometimes called "The Virgin Queen", "Gloriana" or "Good Queen Bess", Elizabeth was the fifth and last monarch of the Tudor dynasty. The daughter of Henry VIII, she was born a princess, but her mother, Anne Boleyn, was executed two and a half years after her birth, and Elizabeth was declared illegitimate. Her half-brother, Edward VI, bequeathed the crown to Lady Jane Grey, cutting his two half-sisters, Elizabeth and the Catholic Mary, out of the succession in spite of statute law to the contrary. His will was set aside, Mary became queen, and Lady Jane Grey was executed. In 1558, Elizabeth succeeded her half-sister, during whose reign she had been imprisoned for nearly a year on suspicion of supporting Protestant rebels.

Reign of King James I

1567 - 1625

Historical Events

Sir Francis Drake circumnavigates

1577 - 1580

Defeat of the Spanish Armada

1588

Building of the Globe Theater

1599

The Globe, built by carpenter Peter Smith and his workers, was the most magnificent theater that London had ever seen and built in 1597 -1598. This theater could hold several thousand people! The Globe Theater didn’t just show plays. It was also reputed to be a brothel and gambling house. It was situated on the South bank of the river Thames in Southwark.

Invention of telescope

1608

Invention of thermometer

1612

First American settlement

1620

Great Fire of London

1666

The Great Fire of London was a major conflagration that swept through the central parts of the English city of London, from Sunday, 2 September to Wednesday, 5 September 1666. The fire gutted the medieval City of London inside the old Roman City Wall. It threatened, but did not reach, the aristocratic district of Westminster, Charles II's Palace of Whitehall, and most of the suburban slums. It consumed 13,200 houses, 87 parish churches, St. Paul's Cathedral and most of the buildings of the City authorities. It is estimated to have destroyed the homes of 70,000 of the City's 80,000 inhabitants. The death toll is unknown but traditionally thought to have been small, as only six verified deaths were recorded. This reasoning has recently been challenged on the grounds that the deaths of poor and middle-class people were not recorded, while the heat of the fire may have cremated many victims leaving no recognizable remains.

Plays

in order of performance

Henry VI part II

1590

Henry IV part III

1590

Henry IV part I

1591

Richard III

1592

Comedy of Errors

1592

Taming of the Shrew

1593

Titus Andronicus

1593

Two Gentlemen of Verona

1594

Romeo and Juliet

1594

Love's Labour's Lost

1594

A Midsummer Night's Dream

1595

Richard II

1595

King John

1596

The Merchant of Venice

1596

Henry IV, Part II

1597

Henry IV, Part I

1597

Much Ado About Nothing

1598

Henry V

1598

Julius Caesar

1599

As You Like It

1599

Twelfth Night

1599

The Merry Wives of Windsor

1600

Hamlet

1600

Troilus and Cressida

1601

All's Well That Ends Well

1602

Measure for Measure

1604

Othello

1604

King Lear

1605

Macbeth

1605

Antony and Cleopatra

1606

Coriolanus

1607

Timon of Athens

1607

Pericles

1608

Cymbeline

1609

The Winter's Tale

1610

The Tempest

1611

The Tempest is a play by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written in 1610–11, and thought by many critics to be the last play that Shakespeare wrote alone. It is set on a remote island, where Prospero, the rightful Duke of Milan, plots to restore his daughter Miranda to her rightful place using illusion and skillful manipulation. He conjures up a storm, the eponymous tempest, to lure his usurping brother Antonio and the complicit King Alonso of Naples to the island. There, his machinations bring about the revelation of Antonio's lowly nature, the redemption of the King, and the marriage of Miranda to Alonso's son, Ferdinand.

The Two Noble Kinsmen

1612

Henry VIII

1612