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William ShakespeareAround 1568 a group of actors visited Stratford and put on a play before the entire town with permission from John Shakespeare the mayor of the town The people loved the play especially the small children All of them looked up to the actors as they returned each year to perform different plays They had dreams of one day becoming actors but only one of these children fulfilled this dream This child was the mayors son William ShakespeareAt this time actors in England usually spent their careers traveling to new towns performing plays at city buildings or local inns However with the help of James Burbage this all changed James Burbage designed and built the first theatre in England The actors could then settle down in one place and perform in a place built for plays The theatre was a huge success and many more began popping up over England but this theatre built by James Burbage was forever known as The TheatreThe layout of the stage consisted of five levels The lowest level was for trap doors built into the stage The next level was the main stage where the actors did most of their performing Above this was the balcony level which could be used to represent anything from a city wall to a mountain The next level contained pulleys which could raise or lower anything from above The top level was used for creating sounds of rain or thunder or dropping important objects from the skyWilliam Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway at age 18 In two years they had three children a daughter named Susanna and twins Hamnet and Judith He didnt stay in Stratford long after this though He left his family to pursue a career as an actor in LondonShakespeare wrote his first play in 1592 It was a historical play called Henry VI which was one of the biggest successes of the year Some scholars criticized him because he
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