Shakespeare was born April 23, 1564, in Stratford-on-Avon.
William's mother's name was Mary Arden. She came from a very wealthy family. Mary had eight children.
William went to Stratford Grammar School where he got all his formal education. At age seven, Shakespeare studied classics in Greek and Latin.
In 1568, Shakespeare's father was elected Bailiff, (mayor) the highest civic honor that a Stratford resident could receive.
In November, 1582, Shakespeare married Ann Hathaway. Shakespeare married at age 18; Ann married at age 28. On May 26, 1583, Ann gave birth to their first daughter, Susanna. In 1585 a set of twins was born, Judith and Hamnet. Hamnet died at age 11 in 1596. No evidence was found of Shakespeare between the years of 1585-1592. These years were called "The Hidden Years."
Shakespeare left London in 1611 and retired.
William made his will on March 25, 1616, and died at the age of 52, on April 23, 1616, his birthday. The cause of his death is unknown.