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Shakespeare: William Shakespeare

Shakespeare resources for theatre students.

William Shakespeare

"Portrait of Shakespeare." Attributed to Samuel Cousins, 1849. (CC0, Public Domain, Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)


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Who was William Shakespeare?

"William Shakespeare was a renowned English poet, playwright, and actor born in 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon. His birthday is most commonly celebrated on 23 April, which is also believed to be the date he died in 1616.

Shakespeare was a prolific writer during the Elizabethan and Jacobean ages of British theatre (sometimes called the English Renaissance or the Early Modern Period). Shakespeare’s plays are perhaps his most enduring legacy, but they are not all he wrote. Shakespeare’s poems also remain popular to this day. " -- Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

Selected Books on his Life and Times


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