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1) Shakespeare wrote thirty-seven play, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, two epitaphs and several other poems. 2) Shakespeare wrote thirty-seven play, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, two epitaphs and several other poems. 2) Shakespeare was born and brought up t up in Stratford-upon-Avon. 2) Shakespeare was born and brought up t up in Stratford-upon-Avon. 25 FACTS ABOUT WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

25 FACTS ABOUT WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE 25 FACTS ABOUT WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE 25 FACTS ABOUT WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

3) At the age of 18, he married Anne Hathaway, with who he had three children, Susanna, and twins Hamnet and Judith. 3) At the age of 18, he married Anne Hathaway, with who he had three children, Susanna, and twins Hamnet and Judith.

4) Between 1585 and 1592, he began a successful career in London as an actor, writer, and part owner of a playing company called the Lord Chamberlain's Men, later known as the King's Men. 4) Between 1585 and 1592, he began a successful career in London as an actor, writer, and part owner of a playing company called the Lord Chamberlain's Men, later known as the King's Men.

5) One of Shakespeare’s relatives on his mother’s side, William Arden, was arrested for plotting against Queen Elizabeth I, imprisoned in the Tower of London and executed.

5) One of Shakespeare’s relatives on his mother’s side, William Arden, was arrested for plotting against Queen Elizabeth I, imprisoned in the Tower of London and executed.

6) Shakespeare was also an actor who performed many of his own plays as well as those of other playwrights. During his life Shakespeare performed before Queen Elizabeth I and, later, before James I who was an enthusiastic patron of his work.

6) Shakespeare was also an actor who performed many of his own plays as well as those of other playwrights. During his life Shakespeare performed before Queen Elizabeth I and, later, before James I who was an enthusiastic patron of his work.

7) Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre burnt down on 29th June 1613 after a cannon shot set fire to it during a performance of Henry VIII. 7) Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre burnt down on 29th June 1613 after a cannon shot set fire to it during a performance of Henry VIII.

8) Shakespeare is always referred to as an Elizabethan playwright, but as most of his most popular plays were written after Elizabeth’s death he was actually more of a Jacobean writer. His later plays also show the distinct characteristics of Jacobean drama.

8) Shakespeare is always referred to as an Elizabethan playwright, but as most of his most popular plays were written after Elizabeth’s death he was actually more of a Jacobean writer. His later plays also show the distinct characteristics of Jacobean drama.

9) Some of Shakespeare’s signatures have survived on original documents. In none of them does he spell his name in what has become the standard way. He spells it Shakespe; Shakspe; Shakspere and Shakespear. 10) Shakespeare lived a double life. By the seventeenth century he had become a famous playwright in London but in his hometown of Stratford, where his wife and children were, and which he visited frequently, he was a well known and highly respected businessman and property owner.

9) Some of Shakespeare’s signatures have survived on original documents. In none of them does he spell his name in what has become the standard way. He spells it Shakespe; Shakspe; Shakspere and Shakespear. 10) Shakespeare lived a double life. By the seventeenth century he had become a famous playwright in London but in his hometown of Stratford, where his wife and children were, and which he visited frequently, he was a well known and highly respected businessman and property owner.

11) The American President Abraham Lincoln was a great lover of Shakespeare’s plays and frequently recited from them to his friends.

11) The American President Abraham Lincoln was a great lover of Shakespeare’s plays and frequently recited from them to his friends.

12) All Uranus’ satellites are named after Shakespearean characters 12) All Uranus’ satellites are named after Shakespearean characters 13) Although it was illegal to be a Catholic in Shakespeare’s lifetime, the Anglican Archdeacon, Richard Davies of Lichfield, who had known him wrote some time after Shakespeare’s death that he had been a Catholic.

13) Although it was illegal to be a Catholic in Shakespeare’s lifetime, the Anglican Archdeacon, Richard Davies of Lichfield, who had known him wrote some time after Shakespeare’s death that he had been a Catholic.

11) The American President Abraham Lincoln was a great lover of Shakespeare’s plays and frequently recited from them to his friends.

11) The American President Abraham Lincoln was a great lover of Shakespeare’s plays and frequently recited from them to his friends.

14) It was illegal for women and girls to perform in the theatre in Shakespeare’s lifetime so all the female parts were written for boys. The text of some plays like Hamlet and Antony and Cleopatra refer to that. It was only much later, during the Restoration, that the first woman appeared on the English stage.

14) It was illegal for women and girls to perform in the theatre in Shakespeare’s lifetime so all the female parts were written for boys. The text of some plays like Hamlet and Antony and Cleopatra refer to that. It was only much later, during the Restoration, that the first woman appeared on the English stage.

15) Shakespeare wrote many more plays than the ones we know about. It’s certain that he wrote a play titled Cardenio, which has been lost, but scholars think he wrote about twenty that have gone without a trace. 16) Shakespeare’s shortest play, The Comedy of Errors is only a third of the length of his longest, Hamlet, which takes four hours to perform. 17) Two of Shakespeare’s plays, Hamlet and Much Ado About Nothing, have been translated into Klingon. 18) All Uranus’ satellites are named after Shakespearean characters.

19) ‘William Shakespeare’ is an anagram of ‘I am a weakish speller’. 20) Shakespeare was baptized on April 26, 1564, in Stratford-upon-Avon, just three days before the Stratford parish register recorded an outbreak of the plague. 21) Shakespeare's son, Hamnet, died in 1596. His daughter Susanna died in 1649.

His younger daughter Judith had three children, but all died before their mother and without children. His granddaughter Elizabeth, daughter of Susanna, died childless in 1670, ending the William Shakespeare line. 22) In 1597, the theater in which The Lord Chamberlain’s Men performed was forced to close since it had been built on leased land. Many partners invested in a new theater built on the south bank of the Thames river. The new theater was called The Globe. 23) Plays were performed only in the afternoon, by daylight. 24) Shakespear was left handed.

25) Shakespeare was buried in the chancel of the church of the Holy Trinity in Stratford.

15) Shakespeare wrote many more plays than the ones we know about. It’s certain that he wrote a play titled Cardenio, which has been lost, but scholars think he wrote about twenty that have gone without a trace. 16) Shakespeare’s shortest play, The Comedy of Errors is only a third of the length of his longest, Hamlet, which takes four hours to perform. 17) Two of Shakespeare’s plays, Hamlet and Much Ado About Nothing, have been translated into Klingon. 18) All Uranus’ satellites are named after Shakespearean characters. 19) ‘William Shakespeare’ is an anagram of ‘I am a weakish speller’.

20) Shakespeare was baptized on April 26, 1564, in Stratford-upon-Avon, just three days before the Stratford parish register recorded an outbreak of the plague. 21) Shakespeare's son, Hamnet, died in 1596. His daughter Susanna died in 1649. His younger daughter Judith had three children, but all died before their mother and without children. His granddaughter Elizabeth, daughter of Susanna, died childless in 1670, ending the William Shakespeare line.

22) In 1597, the theater in which The Lord Chamberlain’s Men performed was forced to close since it had been built on leased land. Many partners invested in a new theater built on the south bank of the Thames river. The new theater was called The Globe. 23) Plays were performed only in the afternoon, by daylight. 24) Shakespear was left handed.

25) Shakespeare was buried in the chancel of the church of the Holy Trinity in Stratford.