A GUIDE TO SHAKESPEARE'S PLAYS After a ROMEO AND JULIET GRAND BALL performance by students of Mason College,Festac

William Shakespeare was an English dramatist and poet during the Elizabethan Renaissance. He is affectionately referred to as the “Bard of Avon” after his birthplace and hometown of Stratford-on-Avon. Relatively little is known of the events of Shakespeare’s life. It is known that he married and had three children but that he spent much of his time away from Stratford in London where he was the primary playwright for the theater company, the Lord Chamberlain’s Men, later known as the King’s Men after the death of Elizabeth I. The evidence suggests that Shakespeare came from rather humble origins and that he had little formal education, which has led many to argue that someone of his meager background could not possibly have written the plays that have passed down through the generations under his name. It has been suggested that everyone from Francis…

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