StageMilk offers a large range of information about William Shakespeare. Here is a list of some of the great resources you can find on the site. If you are looking to further your Shakespearean knowledge get reading and performing as much Shakespeare as possible.
A great start to read our list of best Shakespeare plays. We also have a number of other resources:
Shakespeare Monologues: A comprehensive list of Shakespeare’s best male and female monologues
Shakespeare Scenes: If you are looking to work on a scene this is a great starting point.
How to Act Shakespeare: A great article on how to improve your Shakespearean Skills
Shakespeare Quotes: A list of comical and serious Shakespeare Quotes
Shakespeare Sonnets: A list of the best Shakespeare Sonnets
Shakespeare, the man… (A Biography)
For a man considered to be one of the great writers of all time, he didn’t leave us with much of a biography. There is only a handful of facts about William Shakespeare and even they are often disputed. So little is known about Shakespeare that many have speculated as to who authored the works attributed to Shakespeare. This, however, holds little weight and no solid evidence has ever been put forward to definitively contest Shakespeare’s authorship.
It is thought, with some certainty, that Shakespeare was born around the 23rd of April 1564 to John and Mary Shakespeare in the English town of Stratford-upon -Avon. It is widely believed he would have attended King’s Free Grammar where he would have been taught Greek and Latin. After this there are few facts about his domestic life. His marriage to Anne Hathaway and having three children concludes what we know. His teens are commonly known as the ‘lost years’ and nothing but speculation and myth exist.
Shakespeare arrived back into historical record in 1592 and evidence suggests he enjoyed success as a playwright throughout the 1590s. His plays were performed often for the upper class including Queen Elizabeth I and James I. His company, The Chamberlain’s Men, performed mainly in the theatre in Shoreditch (London’s first public theatre) before moving to the Globe theatre in Southwark in 1599. The Globe was owned by members of the company and members shared in the profits. After James I came into power, the company became known as the King’s Men. Shakespeare’s last play was completed in 1614 and he had by this time moved back to Stratford. Shakespeare died on St. George’s day 1616. Little else is known.
Shakespeare’s plays were published posthumously in 1623 by former King’s Men members, John Heminges and Henry Condell. This collection of 36 plays was based on the memories of the actors, existing quarto editions and other sources including cue sheets and was known as the first folio. Other editions exist; however, the first folio has supplied the most reliable source for Shakespeare’s major plays.