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The reign of Queen Elizabeth I

November 17, 1558 - March 24, 1603

The reign of Queen Elizabeth I

Birth

1564

April 23, 1564, William Shakespeare was born. He spent his early years in Stratford upon Avon where attended Stratford Grammar School until he was 14 years old

Sir Francis Drake

Dec. 13, 1577 - Sept. 26, 1580

Sir Francis Drake circumnavigated the globe

Newly Weds

November 28, 1582

William Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway

Shakespeare's First Child

May 26, 1583

Susanna Shakespeare, the first child of William and Anne, was born six months after their wedding.

Shakespeare's Twins were born

1585

Twins, Hamnet and Judith were born

Henry VI, Part II

1590 - 1591

Henry VI, Part III

1590 - 1591

Henry VI, Part I

1591 - 1592

Richard III

1592 - 1593

Comedy of Errors

1592 - 1593

The Plague

1593

London Theatres close due to the Bubonic Plague (The Black Death)

Titus Andronicus

1593 - 1594

Taming of the Shrew

1593 - 1594

Two Gentlemen of Verona

1594 - 1595

Love's Labour's Lost

1594 - 1595

Romeo and Juliet

1594 - 1595

A Midsummer Night's Dream

1595 - 1596

Richard II

1595 - 1596

King John

1596 - 1597

The Merchant of Venice

1596 - 1597

Henry IV, Part I

1597 - 1598

Henry IV, Part II

1597 - 1598

Much Ado About Nothing

1598 - 1599

Henry V

1598 - 1599

The Building of the Globe Theater

1599

It was built by Shakespeare's playing company

Julius Caesar

1599 - 1600

As You Like It

1599 - 1600

Twelfth Night

1599 - 1600

The Merry Wives of Windsor

1600 - 1601

Hamlet

1600 - 1601

Troilus and Cressida

1601 - 1602

All's Well That Ends Well

1602 - 1603

The reign of King James I

July 25, 1603

The reign of King James I

Measure for Measure

1604 - 1605

Othello

1604 - 1605

Macbeth

1605 - 1606

King Lear

1605 - 1606

Antony and Cleopatra

1606 - 1607

Coriolanus

1607 - 1608

Timon of Athens

1607 - 1608

Pericles

1608 - 1609

Cymbeline

1609 - 1610

The Winter's Tale

1610 - 1611

The Tempest

1611 - 1612

Henry VIII

1612 - 1613

The Two Noble Kinsmen*

1612 - 1613