William Shakespeare, Playwright, Actor, And Dramatist Extraordinaire

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Shakespeare William Shakespeare was a playwright, actor, and dramatist extraordinaire. Many is not known about Shakespeare such as where he was during the “lost years” and some even question whether William is doing it all by himself. Well, those secrets remain unknown but here are different ones. William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-on-Avon on April 23, 1564. In 1582, when Shakespeare was just 18 years old, he got married to Anne Hathaway, who was eight years older than him. After that, there are no definite records of the next few years of his life. Historians often refer to these years of Shakespeare’s life as the ‘lost years’. William began his career as a playwright in London in 1592. Soon he himself started acting and also became part-owner of a playwright company known as the ‘Lord Chamberlain’s Men’. King James I renamed it as ‘The King’s Men.’ Many of Shakespeare’s plays were performed at the Globe Theatre. Many of his plays were written in the later half of his career. Shakespeare then underwent a series of ups and downs owing to the outbreak of the bubonic plague due to which the theatres had to be shut down. The Globe Theatre caught fire too. However, it was rebuilt again. William retired and settled in Stratford, where he died in 1616. Shakespeare wrote 36 plays, including ‘The Two Noble Kinsmen’ and ‘Canan’ which brings Shakespeare's play count to 38 plays. Shakespeare’s plays made him both famous and wealthy. A few of his plays were printed in his

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