Shakespeare would be 445 years today, 23rd of April!!
Many people believe William Shakespeare is the best playwright (writer) ever. He wrote plays but he was also an actor and a poet.
He was born in Stratford upon Avon in 1564 although we don’t know for sure the exact date of his birth.
His mum, Mary Arden, was a farmer's daughter and his dad, John Shakespeare, was a farmer turned glove-maker. In 1582, he married Anne Hathaway when he was 18 years old.
He had three children - a daughter Susanna and twins Hamnet and Judith. Sadly, Hamnet died when he was just 11-years-old.
Shakespeare moved to London, where he lived for 25 years. He wrote most of his plays there.
He died at his home in Stratford on April 23, 1616, the same day as Cervantes ( he was 52 years old).
Shakespeare invented around 2,000 new words. For example:
- flesh and blood
- cruel to be kind
- vanish into thin air
- the game is up