And although the man is the most-recognized playwright in the world, very little of his life is actually known.
No known autobiographical letters or diaries have survived to modern day, and with no surviving descendants, Shakespeare is a figure both of magnificent genius and mystery.
After the year 1594, Shakespeare's plays were solely performed by a company owned by a group of actors known as the Lord Chamberlain's Men, which became London's leading company.
After Queen Elizabeth's death in 1603, the company was given a royal patent that renamed it the King's Men, named so after King James I.
He was the son of John Shakespeare, an alderman, and Mary Arden, the daughter of the family's landlord and a well-respected farmer.
He was one of eight children and lived to be the eldest surviving son of the family.Shakespeare, along with a group of players that acted in his play, created his own theatre on the River Thames in 1599 and named it the Globe Theatre.After that, a record of property purchases and investments made by Shakespeare showed the playwright had become a very wealthy man, so much so that he bought properties in London and Stratford for himself and his family, as he spent most of his time in London.Shakespeare continued to work with his company of men at the Globe Theatre until around 1610, the year that he retired from working on the stage.He, however, continued to support the Globe Theatre, including buying apartments for playwrights and actors to live in, all of which were near to the theatre.He was also known to partake in the theatre while at the school as was the custom at the time.As a commoner, Shakespeare's education was thought to finish at the grammar school level as there is no record of him attending university, which was a luxury reserved for upper-class families.In 1582, an 18-year-old Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway, who, on the occasion of her wedding, was 26 years old and already with child.Hathaway gave birth to the couple's first child six months later, a daughter named Susanna, with twins, named Hamnet and Judith, following two years later in 1585. After the birth of his twins in 1585, Shakespeare disappeared from public record until 1592, when his works began appearing on the London stage.It was in 1594 that the first known quartos of Shakespeare's plays were published, solidifying his reputation by 1598 when his name became the selling point in new productions.This led to his success as both an actor on stage and a playwright, and his name was published on the title page of his plays.