William Shakespeare  was an English playwright, poet and actor.

He is regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist.

He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon"

Shakespeare was born and raised in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

Shakespeare produced most of his known works between 1589 and 1613

Many of Shakespeare's plays were published in editions of varying quality and accuracy in his lifetime.

Shakespeare's first plays were written in the conventional style of the day.

Shakespeare's work has made a significant and lasting impression on later theatre and literature.