died 23rd April 1616.
were usually 3 days after a baby was born so it
is generally accepted that Shakespeare was born
23rd April 1564.
we accept the dates it would mean Shakespeare died
on his birthday when he was exactly 52 years old.
birthday is celebrated worldwide every year. The
main festival is in Stratford-upon-Avon on April
23rd which is also Saint George’s Day.
wrote 38 plays.
plays are split into three genres: tragedy, comedy and
is considered by many to be his best play – and
the greatest play ever written.
and Juliet is perhaps his most famous play.
day all the female parts in A Midsummer Night's Dream
and other plays would have been acted by teenage
believed that A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Macbeth
are performed somewhere in the world on every day of every
plays were published by his friends after his death as
and the book is known as the First Folio.
co-authored other plays, also published but not included
in the First Folio.
also wrote 154 sonnets.
sonnets are split into sections. The first follows the
Fair Youth and the second follows the so-called Dark Lady.
18 is perhaps the most famous sonnet.
sonnets are written in a strict poetic metre called Iambic
Pentameter. Each one has fourteen lines and end with a