on April 23, 1564 in Stratford-on-Avon. His father wasa glove-maker. William went to a grammar school and had a good education. There he learned to love reading.
William married when he was still a teenager. His wife, Anne Hathaway, was several years older than he was. He carved his living helping his father in the family business. He had three children when he left for London in 1587. Some people say that the reason he had left his wife and children was his love to poetry and theatre.
In London Shakespeare began to act and to write plays and soon became an important member of a well-known acting company. Most of his plays were performed in the Globe Theatre, built on the bank of the River Thames. In 1613 he stopped writing and went back to live in Stratford. There he died in 1616.
His plays are still acted not only in England and on the stages of many theatres of the world.