William Shakespeare Study Guide/Notes

When was Shakespeare born (estimated)?
April 23rd, 1564
Where was Shakespeare born?
Stratford-Upon-Avon
What did Shakespeare’s father do?
Merchant; mayor of Stratford
Who is Shakespeare’s wife?
Anne Hathaway
How old were Shakespeare and Anne when they got married?
He was 18 and she was 26
How many children did Shakespeare have?
3
What are Shakespeare’s children’s names?
Susanna, Judith, and Hamnet
What child died and at what age?
Hamnet; age 11
Where was Shakespeare from 1585-1592?
In London
Who ruled England in the 1590s?
Queen Elizabeth I
What historical events were happening in England during the 1590s?
Changed the official religion from Roman Catholicism to Protestantism
What year was the Theatre built?
1576
What year was the Rose built?
1587
What year was the Swan built?
1595
What year was the globe built?
1599
Where were the theaters located?
The outskirts of London
Who protested plays?
Authorities
How many people could fit in most of the theatres?
2000
How many people were killed by the plague in London?
10000
Who was in charge of the Lord Admiral’s Company?
Marlowe
Who was in charge of the Lord Chamberlain’s Men?
Shakespeare
What were the two most prominent acting troupes?
The Lord Admiral’s Company & The Lord Chamberlain’s Men
Who was Christopher Marlowe?
First great playwright
Who ruled England after Queen Elizabeth I died?
King James I
Who did Shakespeare leave his belongs to in his will?
His oldest daughter, Susanna
What was the first play to be preformed at The Globe?
Julius Caesar
By 1597, Shakespeare had written what plays?
Romeo & Juliet,
Merchant of Venice,
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Who were the actors?
All MEN
Who played female parts?
Young boys (age 12-14)
How many weeks did it take for actors to learn a new play?
3 weeks
What did the actors pay depend on?
Admission sales
When did Shakespeare die?
April 23, 1616
Who are the playwrights?
Christopher Marlowe, Thomas Kyd, William Shakespeare
What style did Shakespeare write in?
Iambic Pentameter