Who was William Shakespeare?

William Shakespeare writing at his desk.

This is William Shakespeare.

He is one of the most famous writers in the world.

He wrote plays over 400 years ago, but people still go to theatres to see them performed.

Find out more about him, below.

Portrait of William Shakespeare.

Key facts

  • Shakespeare was born in 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon.
  • His plays are world famous!
  • He wrote many plays, including 'Romeo and Juliet' and 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'.

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Did you know?

  • In Shakespeare's time, women couldn’t be actors. Women's roles were played by men.
  • Watching plays then was different to how it is now. The audience didn’t just clap but also shouted, laughed and booed!
  • The Globe theatre burned down in 1613 when a cannon set fire to the straw in the roof.
The Globe Theatre on fire.

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