His father became Mayor of Stratford. Young William benefited from an education. He went to Stratford Grammar School.
At eighteen he married Anne Hathaway She was the daughter of a wealthy local landlord. They had three children. Their names were Susanna, Hamnet and Judith.
He moved to London in 1592 to become an actor He became member of the Lord Chamberlin’s Company of Players He soon stopped acting in stories and plays an started writing them The theatre associated with Shakespeare's plays was the Globe
The globe was destroyed a few years before his death It was when a cannon fired during one of his performances which accidentally set the roof on fire Because the rest of it was made from timber it was all burned within an hour An American film director spent years reconstructing the Globe
Most of his plays were based stories he had heard or read Because of the Renaissance he was interested in ancient Greek and Rome He looked at the works of the ancient Roman historian Plutarch and got ideas such as : i. Julius Caesar ii. Anthony and Cleopatra
Some other plays were based on English history like : i. Henry 3 ii. Richard 3 Many ideas for his plays came from Renaissance Italy such as : i. Romeo and Juliet ii. The Merchant of Venice