When was Shakespeare born?
April 23rd, 1554
What is the name of his hometown?
Name his parents.
John and Mary Shakespeare
What are “the lost years?”
From the time he left Stratford to the time he left in London
What is his wife’s name?
Name his children.
What year is Shakespeare described as being “established as a playwright?”
What is the name of Shakespeare’s patron?
To what two people are the sonnets written?
Venus and to the Earl of South Hampton
How many plays did Shakespeare write?
How many years did his career in London span?
20 years long
What forced the London theaters to close?
The plague that killed many people
What great tragedy occurred in Shakespeare’s life?
Shakespeare’s family was stricken with grief – Shakespeare’s son Hamlet died at 11 years old
Of what playhouse was Shakespeare part owner?
Name the first play performed at the Globe.
What part did Shakespeare play in the performance of Hamlet?
The ghost of Hamlet’s father
Shakespeare referred to himself not as a playwright or an actor, but as a what?
Who became King of England
following the death of Elizabeth I?, 1603: King James first became the King of England
What name did Shakespeare’s acting company adopt?
The Lord Chamberlain’s Men
Name four of the “great” tragedies.
What is the date of Shakespeare’s death. How old was he?
April 23rd, 1662
52 years old
What is unusual about his death?
It was on his birthday
Name the two men who compiled the first collection of Shakespeare’s play called The First Folio.
What did Shakespeare leave to his wife in his will?
Henry Condell – the second best bed