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A Guide to Life Costumes and the Work of Shakespeare

A Guide to Life Costumes and the Work of Shakespeare

- By Jenna Maxwell

It has been said that the pen is mightier than the sword. The written word can paint a vivid picture that can bring the reader into a different world. If that is true one of the mightiest wordsmiths that ever lived was the English born William Shakespeare who was a renowned poet and playwright.

Shakespeare was born in 1564 in the town of Stratford-upon-Avon, to John and Mary Shakespeare. From an early age, Shakespeare started to gain an appreciation for the theatre. While in his twenties he began writing stories for the theatre and started to get his name noticed by the public. From modest beginnings in the world of English theatre, he would quickly become one of the most famous writers in history. His works were produced at the famous Globe Theatre as well as others around the world.

William Shakespeare, also known as the Bard of Avon, began writing plays, stories, poems and sonnets that would be come famous throughout the world. Over his career, Shakespeare produced famous stories such as "Romeo and Juliet", "Macbeth", "A Mid Summer's Night Dream" and "Hamlet". These works are among the most famous works of all time and are over four hundred years later are still being performed by theatre troupes all over the world. All told, William Shakespeare is responsible for producing hundreds of works of literature. This has helped make his the most famous English playwright.

At the age of 18, Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway. He and Hathaway had two daughters and one son. They remained married until his death in 1616 at the age of 52. Even though Shakespeare died at a relatively early age, during a 30 year writing career he created plays that have been seen and performed for centuries. The lavish costumes and staging of a Shakespeare play aptly portrays England during the Elizabethan Era.

William Shakespeare Romeo and Juliet

To understand the work and life of William Shakespeare, please feel free to review the following information. We hope that it helps give you a better understanding of the Bard of Avon.

Brief Biography

  • Shakespeare's Biography - Useful information about the life of the famed bard from the Shakespeare Resource Center.
  • A Biography of Shakespeare - In this article from the European Graduate School you will get an overview on the life of the famed writer.

The Works of Shakespeare

  • List of Plays - Information about the various plays of Shakespeare organized by genre.

The Globe Theatre

Shakespeare and the Globe Theatre

Costumes and Staging

  • Costuming Ideas - Informative publication which outlines the costumes of the works of Shakespeare. (pdf)
  • Stage Costumes and Props - In this page you will get a sense of the costumes and props used during the time of Shakespeare.

England in Elizabethan Time

  • Elizabethan Era - In this page from Princeton University you will get an overview of this time period.
  • Race and Color - This page offers a look at race and color during the Elizabethan time frame.
  • Elizabethan Theater - Useful web page that looks at the stage work during the Elizabethan era.

Other Resources

  • PBS Resources - In this page from PBS you will find resources about Shakespeare.

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