William Shakespeare was born in Stratford upon Avon in 1564. The world's greatest playwright started his humble beginnings here and was probably inspired by the surroundings to which he was accustomed. William's early life in Stratford was not without its problems. William used to poach rabbits and steal from the orchards of wealthy landowners.
William Shakespeare was by no means poor. His father, John Shakespeare was a leading government official in the town. He was also a merchant for local farmers. It was due to his fathers fortunate position that William Shakespeare attended Grammar School, studying for a period of six years, learning latin and preparing the way for his poetry and career as a playwright.
William was only 18 years of age when he married Anne Hathaway. Only six months later in 1585 Anne produced twins. That very same year William left Stratford and his family. William's departure is said to have been caused by a charge of deer poaching brought against him by a wealthy landowner.
Reaching London, William Shakespeare worked at one of the most prestigious theatres in the capital. Working his way up the ranks it was not long before his talent was spotted by the Earl of Leicester's company of actors, known for their performances at the leading theatres in the London.
The rest of the William Shakespeare story is written firmly in the annals of history. He became a wealthy man, returning to Stratford in 1614 to retire due to his declining health. He died in 1616.