Because there’s so much that is unknown about Shakespeare’s life we can’t 100% guarantee the accuracy of this William Shakespeare timeline. However, we’ve made a gallant effort and the Shakespeare timeline below gives a good idea of the course of Shakespeare’s life, with a combination of historically documented and dated facts about Shakespeare along with generally accepted dates for specific events.
Born in Stratford-upon-Avon to tanner and glove maker, John Shakespeare and his wife, Mary (Arden). His actual birthday is unknown but assumed to be April the 23rd. His baptism was recorded in the Parish register of Holy Trinity Church on April 26th.
If Shakespeare went to school this is when he would have started because children in Stratford began their schooling at the age of seven. He would have gone to the local grammar school.
Shakespeare marries Anne Hathaway November 27th at Temple Grafton, a village near Stratford.
Susanna, his first child is born.
Judith and Hamnet, twins, are born, February 2nd. Shakespeare goes to London and starts his theatrical career.
Shakespeare establishes his career and begins to make a name for himself.
Founding member of the Lord Chamberlain’s Men, an acting company.
Published: The Rape of Lucrece.
His son Hamnet dies. Shakespeare purchases New Place, a large house in Stratford.
The The King’s Men and perform regularly at court.
1607 Susanna Shakespeare marries Dr. John Hall.
1608 The King’s Men begin playing at The Blackfriars theatre.
1608 Shakespeare’s mother dies.
1609 The sonnets are published.
1616 Judith Shakespeare married Thomas Quinney.
Writes: Cardenio, Henry VIII, The Two Noble Kinsmen.
Shakespeare dies on 23rd April 1616 (on his birthday) and is buried in Holy Trinity Church, Stratford Upon Avon.