Born on about April 23, 1564, Stratford, Warwickshire, England,
William Shakespeare was a poet, playwright, theatre entrepreneur, and actor. He was the most renowned and famous writer in the late Elizabethan and Jacobean era. His early education was at Stratford’s Grammar School which curriculum consisted of acute emphasis on acting, writing, Latin classes, memorization, and classic Latin plays. Shakespeare was shaped by this school, and he attended it till he was 15.
Few years after Shakespeare left school, he got married to Anne Hathaway in late 1582.
Anne grew up in the little village of Shottery which was located in the outskirts of Stratford, but she moved permanently to Stratford after her marriage. Shakespeare was 18 when they got married while Anne was 26, and immediately after marriage, they had Susanna, their first baby. In 1585, the couple had twins – Hamnet & Judith. When his career was heading to its peak, Shakespeare moved to London to work while Anne and the kids stayed back in Stratford.
Hamnet, Shakespeare’s only son died in 1596 at an early age of 11. His first daughter Susanna later got married to John Hall, a wealthy Stratford Doctor while his second daughter Judith married a Stratford vintner named Thomas Quiney. Shakespeare died in 1616 at age 51 in his hometown Stratford.
William Shakespeare’s career spun around London.
His primary role in the London theatre was as a player and sharer even though most historians recognised him as a poet and playwright. By the early 1590s, he had built a solid reputation as one of the most sought after playwright and poet in London. By 1594, he had become a co-owner of a playing company known as the Lord Chamberlain’s Men. The early 17th century marked the beginning of Shakespeare’s prosperity, he grew so rich that he bought the second-largest house in Stratford from William Underhill, some land holdings, and a lease on tithes in Old Stratford.
After his death, many edifices have been named after him including international hotels of which some are listed below –
The Shakespeare Hotel, Auckland
Located in the heart of central Auckland, The Shakespeare Hotel is a 10 room hotel is barely a five minutes’ walk from Viaduct and Waterfront harbour. Sitting in the heart of the Auckland CBD, the hotel features English styled pubs, super comfortable rooms, private bathrooms, bars/restaurants, locally brewed beers, free Wi-Fi, and a Sky Tower for having panoramic views.
Mercure Stratford upon Avon Shakespeare Hotel
Located in Stratford upon-Avon, this hotel is one of the most attractive and oldest buildings in Stratford, Shakespeare’s birthplace. The hotel is sited about 25 yards from Shakespeare’s schoolroom and the Guidhall and also a few kilometres from ‘Shakespeare’s New Place’, the only house he owned while he was alive. Equipped with 78 rooms, the hotel features a variety of food/drinks, free Wi-Fi, parking space, laundry, restaurant & bar.
Shakespeare Hotel, Paddington, London
Located in Norfolk Square, Tyburnia, this hotel is old fashioned and designed with grandeur. Sitting in a Victorian townhouse overlooking the leafy Norfolk Square, you can access it from Hyde Park in 8 minutes or 4 minutes from Paddington station. It features good parking spaces, bars, restaurants, room service, Wi-Fi, and laundry services.