What you may not be familiar with is our brand new Shakespeare’s Life and Times section, which features more than 30 new essays that examine Shakespeare’s works in the context of his life and the world in which he lived.
If you’ve taken a high school or college English class, there’s a good chance that you’ve read one of his plays, and if you have, you’re probably familiar with our Shakespeare study guides, which have everything from text translations to scene summaries to quotes and themes.
The original Globe Theatre William Shakespeare was born 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon, England.
His father John was a leather merchant while his mother Mary was the daughter of wealthy farmer.
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We’ve created a special video to help introduce you to this new resource.
At the time, many people couldn’t read or write, so the Globe Theatre hung a flag outside to show what type of play was being performed – a comedy (white flag), a tragedy (black or dark flag), or a history (red flag).
In 1603, when James I became king, the Lord Chamberlain’s Men changed their name to the King’s Men and King James became the group’s patron.
William wrote different types of plays – comedies (funny), tragedies (sad) and histories (about real people’s lives).
Women weren’t allowed to act at the time, so men or young boys played the female roles!