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An ailing Queen

Persecution of Protestants in Hungary
"All's Well That Ends Well" written and performed at The Globe
"Othello" written
Shakespeare buys more land in Stratford
Elizabeth I's health is beginning to fail

Middle Street, LondonA new London home

Shakespeare moves north of the Thames, to lodge in a house on the corner of Silver Street and Monkwell (known locally as Muggle Street)...


New plays and new plague

Champlain's expedition to Canada
Beginnings of Kabuki theatre in Japan
"Othello" performed at The Globe
"Measure for Measure" written and performed at The Globe
The worst outbreak of plague for ten years causes the closure of theatres

grave stoneThe Queen is dead... long live the King

Shakespeare's last performance before Elizabeth I takes place on February 2nd. Elizabeth dies on February 24th...


Shakespeare the courtier

Peace breaks out between England and Spain
French settle in Acadia (Nova Scotia)
James I issues "Counterblast to Tobacco"
The Red Bull opens
"Timon of Athens" written and performed at The Globe
Peace treaty negotiations begin between England and Spain
Shakespeare and the King's men are required to act as courtiers

Non-Shakespeare shows to be played at the globe during 1604-1606 include:
"A Larum for London" – anti-Spanish propaganda
"The London Prodigal" – social comedy
"Gowry" – controversial fact based drama
"The Merry Devil of Edmonton"
"The Fair Maid of Bristol" - romance
"The Miseries of Enforced marriage" – social realism


Jonson and Jones

Ben Jonson working with Inigo Jones on Court masques
Bacon's "Advancement of Learning"
"King Lear" written and performed at The Globe

Guy Fawkes effigyGunpowder plot foiled

On November 5th trigger man Guy Fawkes is discovered in the cellars of the houses of parliament with a massive quantity of gunpowder ready to be detonated...


The Scottish play is born

Gunpowder plotter Guy Fawkes executed
Rembrandt born
Year of "The Great Frost"
Paul's Boys' company closes
"Macbeth" written and performed at The Globe
The Kings Men perform "Anthony and Cleopatra" and "Macbeth" at court

Holy Trinity Church, Stratford-upon-AvonThe law and Susanna Shakespeare

Susanna, Shakespeare's 23-year-old daughter, is brought with 20 others before Stratford church court for failing to receive Easter Communion...
Julian Glover and Adrian Schiller in King LearGood and bad language

An Act of Parliament to "Restrain the Abuses of Players" is passed...


One wedding and a funeral

Ulster estates confiscated and given to English and Scottish settlers
Earl of Tyrone flees to Rome
Monteverdi establishes opera as art form
First permanent English settlement in America (Jamestown)
"Pericles" written and performed at The Globe
"Hamlet" performed on board her Majesty's ship Dragon off the coast of Sierra Leone, West Africa
Shakespeare's daughter Susanna weds
Shakespeare's brother Edmund dies
"Anthony and Cleopatra" written and performed at The Globe

quills on a deskWordsmith for hire

Shakespeare's non-theatre related interests have begun to dominate. He is a landowner now, but he also seems to have taken on some private commissions...
wheat field landscapeUnrest in the Shires

Years of bad harvests had led to real poverty in the Midlands, and in their frustration the starved and the needy had flared up in scenes of sporadic violence...


a baptism at Holy Trinity Church1564-1571

Stratford Council1572-1578

interior of Baddesley Clinton, circa 19001579-1582

exterior of The Tower of London1583-1586

The Globe Theatre, London1587-1593

Julian Glover and Adrian Schiller in King Lear1594-1597

rebuilding of The Globe Theatre, London1598-1601

Richard II, close up of crown1602-1607

quills on a desk1608-1613

grave stone1614-1616

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