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William Shakespeare

Historic Collections

 

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Dr Iwan suwandy,MHA

Private E-Book in CD-ROM Edition

Copyright@ 2012.

 

Recent Events on William Shakespeare

Shakespeare’s wife, Anne Hathaway dies, the same year, and fellow actors John Hemminges and Henry Condell gather together and publish for the first time, 36 of Shakespeare’s 37 plays in a collection known as The First Folio. 

Hamlet is performed as part of Christmas celebrations at court. 

William dies and his burial is recorded in the Stratford Holy Church Register two days later. 

The Globe Theatre burns to the ground. The Two Noble Kinsmen is penned. A 1634 entry within the Stationer’s Registry confirms that both William Shakespeare and John Fletcher composed this play. 

From 1612-1613 The King’s men perform Othello and Julius Caesar amongst others in this year. Shakespeare is thought to have written Cardenio, his only lost play during this period and with John Fletcher as a likely contributor, composes Henry VIII. 

Performed at Oxford College by the King’s Men during a summer tour. 

1610-1611

1609-1610

The King’s Men take on a twenty-one year lease of London’s first permanently enclosed theatre, the Blackfriars Theatre in this year. Notes on stage directions, suggest The Tempest was penned with a performance at this theatre in mind.

The return of the black plague forces a closure of all playhouses and theatres from the spring of 1608 through to early 1610. 

Timon of Athens, Pericles, and Coriolanus are composed.

Hamlet and Richard III are performed aboard the British ship Dragon off the west coast of Africa at Sierra Leone.

Performed twice at King James’ Court earning a commendation from the King. King Lear is believed to have been composed in this year and as is Macbeth, the play’s Scottish background and kind portrayal of ancestor Malcolm being intended as a celebration and honoring of King James Scottish ancestry.

 

The Merchant of Venice

1605

Performed twice at King James’ Court earning a commendation from the King. King Lear is believed to have been composed in this year and as is Macbeth, the play’s Scottish background and kind portrayal of ancestor Malcolm being intended as a celebration and honoring of King James Scottish ancestry. 

It is later performed at King James I Court. Othello is also penned, being performed on November the 1st at Whitehall. 

A Midsummer’s Night is performed at Hampton Court before Queen Elizabeth, who dies later that year. James I originally James VI of Scotland proves to be an enthusiastic patron of the arts granting The Chamberlain’s Men a patent to perform. In return the Company renames itself The King’s Men to honor James I and they quickly become a favorite with the new king. As You Like It is performed by the newly named King’s Men before King James at Wilton. Shakespeare is recorded performing in Ben Jonson’s Sejanus, which was Shakespeare’s last recorded acting performance.

 

Honorable year

1603

A Midsummer’s Night is performed at Hampton Court before Queen Elizabeth, who dies later that year. James I originally James VI of Scotland proves to be an enthusiastic patron of the arts granting The Chamberlain’s Men a patent to perform. In return the Company renames itself The King’s Men to honor James I and they quickly become a favorite with the new king. As You Like It is performed by the newly named King’s Men before King James at Wilton. Shakespeare is recorded performing in Ben Jonson’s Sejanus, which was Shakespeare’s last recorded acting performance. 

  

From 1601-1602 Twelfth Night or What You Will, All Well That Ends Well and Troilus and Cressida are most likely composed.

From 1600-1601 it was thought that he composed Hamlet, one of his greatest plays, in this time. 

The Major shareholders of the Lord Chamberlain’s Men lease land from Nicholas Brend, The Globe theatre opening later that same year. Julius Caesar is performed at the Globe Theatre for the first known time on September the 21st according to German tourist Thomas Platter’s diary. John Weever praises Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, The Rape of Lucrece and Venus Adonis in the poem Ad Guglielmum Shakespeare. 

Shakespeare’s reputation as an actor is confirmed in his performance in Ben Jonson’s Every Man in his Humor, which lists his name as a principal actor in the London play. William is thought to have written the play Henry IV, Part Two also in this year.

1598-1599

Shakespeare buys the New Place, the second largest estate in Stratford. 

The Merry Wives of Windsor is thought to have been written. The Lord Chamberlain’s Men lose their original patron, Henry Carey, Lord Hunsdon, and Lord Chamberlain to be replaced by his brother George Carey, Second Lord Hunsdon, who succeeds his late brother.

1596-1597

He is thought to have composed Richard II performed that very same year, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, thought to be composed for a wedding and the greatest love story of all time, Romeo and Juliet.

1594-1595

1594-1596

A theatre group, including actor Richard Burbage and comic Will Kemp who perform with Shakespeare. 

Venus and Adonis

From 1593-1594 The Rape of Lucrece, Titus Andronicus, and The Taming of the Shrew are thought to have been written.

Theatres in London close because of the plague.

1592-1594

From 1592-1593, Poem Venus and Adonis and the plays Richard III and The Two Gentlemen of Verona are written. 

Shakespeare begins to be noticed within the London Theatre. Robert Greene’s “Groatworth of Wit”, calls Shakespeare an “upstart crow”. He says that Shakespeare is lacking originality since he borrows ideas from other for his own plays. People see this as proof that Shakespeare was in London at this time. 

1590-1591 Shakespeare is said to have written Henry VI part two and three.

 

Completion of the Henry VI plays

1590

1590-1591 Shakespeare is said to have written Henry VI part two and three 

Was said to have written Henry VI, which was his first play. 

1585-1592 Shakespeare is believed to have left his family in Stratford to join a company of actors, The Lord Chamberlain’s Men, as both playwright and performer. This seemed to really start his career in theatre.

Twins Judith and Hamnet are born. Hamnet only lives to be 11, while Judith lives to be 77. 

Susanna is born and lives to be 66. 

Marries 26 year old Anne Hathaway from Shottery at Temple Grafton. 

Shakespeare falls in love at age 18 to Anne Hathaway. 

Queen Elizabeth visits Kenilworth Castle, close to Stratford. Legend has it that eleven year old William saw the Queen’s procession, and recreated it several times later in his historical and dramatic plays. 

Shakespeare is likely to have begun his formal education. Kids in the Stratford area entered the local grammar school at age seven.

 

The baptism was held at the Holy Trinity Church.

 

It is thought to be by many that William was born on April 23 in Stratford upon Avon to John and Mary Shakespeare.

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