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William Shakespeare

Mostly Credited As: William Shakespeare
Birth Name: William Shakespeare
Date Of Birth: April 23, 1564 (Age 52)
Country Of Birth: United Kingdom
Birth Place: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England
Date Of Death: April 23, 1616
Cause Of Death: Unknown

William Shakespeare


We know relatively little of the life of Britain's greatest playwright. Although renowned during his own lifetime for his genius, he was still of comparatively low birth, and therefore not written about by the scribes who recorded the lives of Shakespeare's higher-born peers such as Donne and Marvell. Shakespeare's birthday is traditionally thought to be April 23rd, 1564. Parish records from the Holy Trinity Church in Stratford Upon Avon show that he was baptized there on April 26th. His father was a civil servant, well respected in the town of Stratford, who married above his station, a woman by the name of Mary Arden. Stratford was a well-run town, and Shakespeare attended a good school whose fees were paid by the progressive local borough. Shakespeare did not attend university. Instead, in 1582, he married Anne Hathaway. The next year, they had their first daughter, Susanna, and then two years later, two twins, Judith and Hamnet, Shakespeare's only son.

Shakespeare began to write, and the next we know of him is when his plays began to be performed upon the London stage. He was a member of the Lord Chamberlain's Men (an acting company which was renamed 'The King's Men' on the accession to the throne of James I). Shakespeare's son, Hamnet, died at the age of eleven and many say this is why Hamlet is so-called. It is certain that this was a time of great anguish for Shakespeare and corresponds with the composition of some of the most sombre tragedies. Shakespeare enjoyed critical and popular success throughout the latter days of his life and died on April 23rd (his birthday), 1616, a wealthy man. Exact dates for the composition and performance of many of Shakespeare's plays is unknown, and in some cases even the authorship is in question. However, the following is a list of the plays in as close to chronological order of composition as is it is possible to estimate:

The Comedy of Errors (1590), Titus Andronicus (1590), The Taming of the Shrew (1591), 2 Henry VI (1591), 3 Henry VI (1591), 1 Henry VI (1592), Richard III (1592), Love's Labour's Lost (1593), Two Gentlemen of Verona (1593), A Midsummer Night's Dream (1594), Romeo and Juliet (1595), Richard II (1595), King John (1596), The Merchant of Venice (1596), Henry IV Part 1(1597), The Merry Wives of Windsor (1597), Henry IV Part 2 (1598), As You Like It (1598), Henry V (1599), Much Ado About Nothing (1599), Julius Caesar (1599), Twelfth Night (1600), Hamlet (1601), Troilus and Cressida (1602), All's Well That Ends Well (1603), Measure For Measure (1604), Othello (1604), King Lear (1605), Macbeth (1605), Antony and Cleopatra (1606), Timon of Athens (1606), Pericles Prince of Tyre (1607), Coriolanus (1608), Cymbeline (1609), A Winter's Tale (1610), The Tempest (1611), Henry VIII (1613).



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BBC Television Shakespeare (1978)• Based On The Works Of
ShakespeaRe-Told (2005)• Based On The Works Of
An Age of Kings (1960)• Based On The Works Of
A Taste of Shakespeare (1995)• Based On The Works Of
The Life and Death of Sir John Falstaff (1959)• Based On Characters Created By
The Hollow Crown (2012)• Based On The Works Of

Episode Crew


Toneel op 2 (2009) (Credited in 1 episodes from this show) 
 
King Lear 02x03 Oct/08/2010 As: Writer
Great Performances (1974) (Credited in 1 episodes from this show) 
 
King Lear 36x07 Mar/25/2009 As: Story
Masterpiece (1971) (Credited in 4 episodes from this show) 
 
Othello 31x09 Jan/28/2002 As: Story
The Merchant of Venice 31x01 Oct/08/2001 As: Story
King Lear 28x01 Oct/11/1998 As: Story
Henry V 21x21 Apr/12/1992 As: Story
BBC Television Shakespeare (1978) (Credited in 37 episodes from this show) 
 
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Titus Andronicus 07x04 Apr/27/1985 As: Writer
Love's Labour's Lost 07x03 Jan/05/1985 As: Writer
Much Ado About Nothing 07x02 Nov/30/1984 As: Writer
King John 07x01 Nov/24/1984 As: Writer
Pericles, Prince of Tyre 06x05 Jun/11/1984 As: Writer
Play of the Month (1965) (Credited in 8 episodes from this show) 
 
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Love's Labour's Lost 11x03 Dec/14/1975 As: Story
King Lear 10x07 Mar/23/1975 As: Story
The Merchant of Venice 07x07 Apr/16/1972 As: Story
A Midsummer Night's Dream 07x01 Sep/26/1971 As: Story
Macbeth 06x01 Sep/20/1970 As: Story
Hallmark Hall Of Fame (1951) (Credited in 8 episodes from this show) 
 
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Hamlet 20x01 Nov/17/1970 As: Story
Macbeth 10x02 Nov/20/1960 As: Story
The Tempest 09x04 Feb/03/1960 As: Story
Twelfth Night 07x03 Dec/15/1957 As: Story
The Taming of the Shrew 05x06 Mar/18/1956 As: Story
An Age of Kings (1960) (Credited in 15 episodes from this show) 
 
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Richard III (Part 2): the Boar Hunt 01x15 Nov/17/1960 As: Story
Richard III (Part 1): the Dangerous Brother 01x14 Nov/03/1960 As: Story
Henry VI (Part 5): the Sun in Splendour 01x13 Oct/20/1960 As: Story
Henry VI (Part 4): the Morning's War 01x12 Oct/06/1960 As: Story
Henry VI (Part 3): the Rabble from Kent 01x11 Sep/22/1960 As: Story
The Play of the Week (1959) (Credited in 1 episodes from this show) 
 
Henry IV 02x01 Sep/26/1960 As: Story
The DuPont Show Of The Month (1957) (Credited in 1 episodes from this show) 
 
Hamlet 02x06 Feb/24/1959 As: Story
BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (1950) (Credited in 16 episodes from this show) 
 
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A Midsummer Night's Dream 09x45 Nov/09/1958 As: Story
Twelfth Night 08x10 Mar/10/1957 As: Story
The Tempest 07x42 Oct/14/1956 As: Story
Romeo and Juliet 06x21 May/22/1955 As: Story
The Merchant of Venice 06x11 Mar/13/1955 As: Story
Matinee Theater (1955) (Credited in 2 episodes from this show) 
 
Much Ado About Nothing, Part 2 03x123 May/21/1958 As: Story
Much Ado About Nothing, Part 1 03x122 May/20/1958 As: Story
Producers' Showcase (1954) (Credited in 1 episodes from this show) 
 
Romeo and Juliet 03x08 Mar/04/1957 As: Story
Studio One (1948) (Credited in 6 episodes from this show) 
 
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Julius Caesar 07x46 Aug/01/1955 As: Story
Macbeth 04x06 Oct/22/1951 As: Story
Coriolanus 03x42 Jun/11/1951 As: Story
The Taming of the Shrew 02x39 Jun/05/1950 As: Story
Julius Caesar 01x12 May/01/1949 As: Story
Omnibus (US) (1952) (Credited in 2 episodes from this show) 
 
Hamlet 03x05 Jan/30/1955 As: Story
King Lear 02x03 Oct/18/1953 As: Story
Kraft Television Theatre (1947) (1947) (Credited in 3 episodes from this show) 
 
Romeo and Juliet 07x41 Jun/09/1954 As: Story
Macbeth 03x34 May/10/1950 As: Story
The Comedy of Errors 03x12 Dec/07/1949 As: Story
The Philco Television Playhouse (1948) (Credited in 4 episodes from this show) 
 
Othello 05x27 Sep/06/1953 As: Story
Romeo and Juliet 01x32 May/15/1949 As: Story
Macbeth 01x31 May/01/1949 As: Story
Twelfth Night 01x21 Feb/20/1949 As: Story
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