The Complete Shakespeare Experience
His wealth accumulating from his theatrical successes, Shakespeare purchased New Place, one of the largest homes in Stratford, in 1597.
Shakespeare’s theatrical career is thought to have begun in London about 1585, where he worked as an actor and writer, perhaps with the Queen’s Men players company. By 1589, Shakespeare’s writing skills were in full bloom and he produced his greatest works between then and 1613, although the order in which many of them were written and produced remains the subject of debate.
Among them are the world’s most-
By 1598, Shakespeare’s name was a big enough draw to warrant being listed on the title pages of the quarto (four-
The Bard of Avon
he Shakespeare family coat of arms, for which Shakespeare’s father, John, first applied in 1570. The application was withdrawn at the time, but application was made again, and approved, in 1596. It is thought that William applied and paid for the coat of arms to reestablish his father’s standing in the community.
With a marriage license issued by the consistory court of the Diocese of Worcester on November 27, 1582 (some say November 28), Shakespeare, then aged 18, married the 26-
Application drawing for Shakespeare’s coat of arms.
John Shakespeare’s house, thought to
be William Shakespeare’s birthplace.