"Portrait of William Shakespeare"

Author Rinat Kuramchin

William Shakespeare  was an English poet, playwright, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's greatest dramatist.He is often called England's national poet and the «Bard of Avon».

In 1587, Shakespeare moved to London. He lived and worked in this city for many years. During that time Shakespeare wrote most of his plays and became a successful playwright. His troupe was among the leading playing companies in London.

In 1599 a theatre was built on the south bank of the River Thames. It was named the Globe. This was the theatre where Shakespeare's company performed. Work at the theatre made Shakespeare a wealthy person. He was not only a playwright, he also took part in theatrical performances.

William Shakespeare's influence extends from theatre and literature to present-day movies, Western philosophy, and the English language itself. Among his works there are such masterpieces of the world literature as «Romeo and Juliet», «A midsummer night's dream», «Othello», «King Lear», «Hamlet» and many others. Apart from that Shakespeare wrote 154 sonnets. 

Holy Trinity Church, where Shakespeare was baptised and is buried

Title page from 1609 edition of Shake-Speares Sonnets

The reconstructed Globe Theatre on the south bank of the River Thames in London

John Shakespeare's house, believed to be Shakespeare's birthplace, in Stratford-upon-Avon