William Shakespeare Timeline 1593 - 1670
1593 Theatres close due to the Bubonic Plague (The Black Death)
1593 William Shakespeare begins writing the Sonnets which were probably completed in 1597
1593 April 18, Registration of Venus and Adonis. Published by Richard Field (1561 - 1624).
1593 May 30, Death of Christopher Marlowe
1594 The Lord Chamberlain's Company (formally known as 'Lord Stranges Men' was formed.
1594 January 24, Titus Andronicus first performed
1594 February 6, Titus Andronicus registered
1594 March 12, Henry VI Part 2 registered
1594 May 9, Registration of The Rape of Lucrece
1594 December 28, Confirmed performance of The Comedy of Errors
1595 William Shakespear achieves prosperity and recognition as the leading London Playwright
1595 Sir Walter Raleigh explores the Orinoca
1595 Thomas Kyd dies
1595 Open air amphitheatre The Swan, Paris Garden, Surrey is opened
1595 March 15, First document mentioning Shakespeare connected with Theatre
1596 The company of actors moved to the Swan Theatre on Bankside when London's authorities banned the public presentation of plays within the city limits of London
1596 The tax returns show that William Shakespeare was a resident of Bishopsgate in London
1596 Open air amphitheatre The (second) Blackfriars, Blackfriars, London
1596 Jan 28, Sir Francis Drake dies of the plague while at sea
1596 August 11, Hamnet Shakespeare died, possibly from the plague, at the age of eleven. He was buried in Stratford
1596 October 20, John Shake-speare Granted Coat of Arms
1597 May 4, Shakespeare purchased New Place, the second largest house in Stratford for £60.
1597 First Quarto editions of Richard III, Richard II, and Romeo and Juliet.
1597 August 29, Registration of Richard II
1597 October 20, Registration of Richard III
1598 Willam Shakespeare is mentioned as "a principal comedian."
1598 William Shakespeare is mentioned as among the chief holders of corn and malt in Stratford.
1598 William Shakespeare and other company members financed the building of the Globe Theatre
1598 King Phillip II of Spain dies.
1598 First Quarto editions of Love's Labour's Lost and 1 Henry IV
1598 February 25, 1598 Registration of Henry IV Part 1
1598 July 22, Registration of The Merchant of Venice
1599 Shakespeare is recorded as having sold a load of stone to the Stratford corporation in 1599.
1599 The Globe theatre is built on Bankside
1599 Edmund Spenser dies
1599 The Queen's favourite Robert Earl of Essex was sent to calm the rebels in Ireland but fails
1600 The opening of the Fortune Theatre, Golding Lane
1600 First production of Julius Caesar at the Globe theatre
1600 August 4, Registration of As You Like It
1600 August 23, Registration of Henry IV part 2
1600 October 8 Registration of A Midsummer's Nights Dream
1601 Essex rebels against Queen Elizabeth but fails and is executed February 25
1601 February 7, First Recorded production of Richard II
1601 Thomas Nashe dies
1601 William Shakespeare's acting troupe, the Chamberlain's Men, were commissioned to stage Richard II at the Globe theatre.
1601 September 8, Burial of John Shakespeare (William Shakespeare's father, nearly seventy years old. He had been married to Mary Arden for forty-four years.
1602 January 8, Registration of The Merry Wives of Windsor
1602 February 2, First Recorded production of Twelfth Night
1602 May 1, William Shakespeare buys land in Stratford for £320
1602 November, William Shakespeare purchased a cottage across from New Place, his private residence in Stratford.
1603 William Shakespeare acted in Jonson's Sejanus and is mentioned as "a principal tragedian."
1603 First printing of Hamlet
1603 Sir Walter Raleigh arrested, tried and imprisoned.
1603 The Bubonic Plague (The Black Death) again ravages London killing 33,000 people
1603 March 24, Queen Elizabeth dies
1603 James the VI of Scotland, the son of Mary Queen of Scots, became the new monarch, known in England as King James I
1603 May 19, The King's Men acting troupe forms.
1603 February, Registration of Troilus and Cressida
1604 First performance of Othello
1604 Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford dies
1604 February 7, 1604 First Recorded production of Troilus and Cressida
1604 December 26, First performance of Measure for Measure
1605 The Gunpowder Plot. Guy Fawkes arrested and executed in gruesome manner
1606 December 26, First recorded performance of King Lear. Richard Burbage, was the original Lear.
1606 July 15, The famous artist Rembrandt was born
1607 June 5, Marriage of Shakespeare's daughter Susanna to Dr. John Hall
1607 December 31, Edmund Shakespeare, brother of William Shakespeare, is buried
1607 The founding of Jamestown
1608 The Bubonic Plague (The Black Death) again ravages London
1608 William Shakespeare is mentioned as one of "the mens' players" (The King's Men)
1608 May 20, Registration of Pericles
1608 John Dee dies
1608 February 21, 1608 The baptism of Elizabeth Hall Shakespeare's granddaughter
1608 September 9, 1608 Burial of Mary Shakespeare aged sixty-eight
1608 October 16, William Shakespeare is named as godfather to William Walker
1608 King's Men buy the Blackfriars Theatre, Shakespeare, became part owner in Theatre
1609 Publication of Shakespeare's sonnets by Thomas Thorpe, without Shakespeare's permission.
1611 First recorded performances of The Winter's Tale, Macbeth, and Cymbeline
1611 November 1, First Recorded production of The Tempest
1611 The first known production of The Tempest took place before King James I and his court.
1611 November 5, The Winter's Tale performed at court
1612 February 12, Gilbert, William Shakespeare's brother dies
1612 Roger Manners, Fifth Earl of Rutland dies
1613 Francis Bacon becomes Attorney General
1613 February 4 Richard, brother of William Shakespeare dies
1613 June 29, Fire at the Globe Theatre
1614 Globe Theatre was rebuilt
1614 Sir Walter Raleigh's History of the World is published
1614 William Shakespeare wrote his final play - The Two Noble Kinsmen
1616 Open air amphitheatre The Cockpit, Drury Lane, Westminster is opened
1616 February 10, 1616 Marriage of William Shakespeare's daughter Judith to Thomas Quiney
1616 March 12th Judith and Thomas are excommunicated
1616 The work of Ben Jonson is published in Folio format
1616 Philip Henslow dies
1616 March 25, William Shakespeare signs his will
1616 April 23, William Shakespeare dies
1616 April 25, Burial of William Shakespeare in the chancel of Holy Trinity Church in Stratford.
1616 November - Shakespeare Quiney, Judith Quiney's son ( Anne and William Shakespeare's grandson) was born
1617 May - Shakespeare Quiney dies just six months old
1617 October - Richard Quiney was born
1619 January - Thomas Quiney was born
1621 Mary Sidney Herbert, Countess of Pembroke dies
1623 August 6, Anne Hathaway dies
1623 'The First Folio' is published
1625 King James I dies and his son, Charles I accedes to the English throne (reigns 1625 - 1649)
1626 Sir Francis Bacon dies
1626 Edward Alleyne dies
1629 Open air amphitheatre The Salisbury Court, Whitefriars is opened
1629 Elizabeth Hall marries Thomas Nashe (1575 -1635)
1631 John Donne dies
1635 Thomas Nashe, husband of Elizabeth Hall, dies and is buried in the chancel of Holy Trinity Church
1635 Dr. John Hall, husband of Susanna, dies and is buried in the chancel of Holy Trinity Church
1637 Ben Jonson dies
1639 January 28th January Richard Quiney dies, possibly of the plague
1639 January Thomas Quiney dies ,possibly of the plague
1642 William Stanley, the 6th Earl of Derby dies
1644 The Globe Theatre demolished by the Puritans
1646 Joan, William's sister dies.
1649 Elizabeth Hall marries Sir John Bernard (1604 - 1674)
1649 Susanna (Shakespeare) Hall dies and is buried next to her mother and father in the chancel of Holy Trinity Church, Stratford 1670 Lady Elizabeth Hall Bernard dies leaving no heirs - ending the time line of the Shakespeare family tree
William Shakespeare Timeline 1593 - 1670