William Shakespeare's works continue to entertain and intrigue audiences around the world, centuries after he wrote them.
In the words of his friend and rival playwright Ben Jonson, “He was not of an age, but for all time.”
Image: Shakespeare, oil on panel, late 1600s to early 1700s; unknown artist. Source: Folger Shakespeare Library.
William Shakespeare was born in April 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon, England. He spent most of his working life in London as an actor, playwright, and shareholder in an acting company from the early 1590s onwards. Shakespeare is thought to have retired between 1610 and 1613. He died in 1616.
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