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A Biography of William Shakespeare Shakespeare was a great writer of plays in the Elizabethan Times He was born to John Shakespeare and Mary Arden on April 23rd 1564 in Stratford-Upon-Avon He was the only child and the only boy his parents had Mary and John had two children girls before William but they died Will avoided The Black Death which killed many babies during that era His life was good and his first four years were particular happy as his dad was appointed mayor of the town In those days there were no theatres Actors went from town to town and performed for several days in each one As Queen Elizabeth enjoyed the theatre she supported a group of actors called The Queen Players William was 5 when they came to his village and performed for the townspeople He was totally fascinated At the age of six William went to Grammar school and studied Latin Greek Geography and the Bible Only boys were allowed to go to school back then At fourteen Williams father had financial difficulties but the family managed to survive this hardship When Shakespeare was 18 he met Anne Hathaway who lived at Hewlands Farm The two fell in love with each other and were married in 1582They soon has a baby girl called Susanna and a few years later twins named Hamnet and Judith The family lived in the house of Williams father William went to London to look for work He applied for a job in the theatre as a water-boy Later he became a talented actor After a very short time the Black Plague hit the city and the theatre was closed down for 2 whole years William wrote and sold several poems at this time During the second year the Queen hired Shakespeare at Christmastime and to perform a play he had written The Queen was impressed with his work and this
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