William Shakespeare's father, John Shakespeare moves to Stratford on Avon to start a glove-making business.
John Shakespeare buys house on Henley Street.
John Shakespeare marrys Mary Arden, daughter of his father's landlord.They subsequently have six children: Gilbert, Joan, Richard, Edmund, William and Anne.
Elizabeth I becomes Queen of England on November 17th on the death of her half-sister Queen Mary I.
William Shakespeare, son of John and Mary Shakespeare, baptized on April 26th at Holy Trinity Church in Stratford on Avon.
Queen Elizabeth visits Kenilworth in the summer for her birthday celebrations held by the Earl of Leicester.
James Burbage opens the Theatre in London.
Bishop of Winchester on 28th November grants a license for the marriage of William Shakespeare and Anne Hathaway, daughter of a local yeoman.
William and Anne's daughter Susanna baptised on 26th May at Holy Trinity Church.
Twins Judith and Hamnet baptised on 2nd February at Holy Trinity Church.
Henry VI Part 1 probably written by William Shakespeare.
The Chronicle History of King Leir staged and possibly seen by Shakespeare.
First mention of Shakespeare as a playwright when Robert Greene writes 'there is an upstart crow...in his own conceit the only Shake-scene in a country...' in his Greene's Groatsworth of Wit Bought with a Million of Repentance.
Christopher Marlowe is killed on 30th May in a tavern brawl in Deptford.
Venus and Adonis dedicated to the Earl of Southampton is published.
Shakespeare appears with Richard Burbage as a member of the Lord Chamberlain's Men before Queen Elizabeth.
Son Hamnet dies at age of 11 and is buried on 11th August.
Shakespeare buys New Place in Stratford for £60.
Francis Meres publishes Palladis, Tamia, Wit's Treasury which attests to the ascendancy of Shakespeare - 'As Plautus and Seneca are accounted the best for Comedy and Tragedy among the Latines, so Shakespeare among the English is the most excellent in both kinds for the stage...'
The Globe Theatre opens at Bankside in London.
John Shakespeare, William's father dies.
Hamlet is entered in Stationer's Register.
William Shakespeare buys 107 acres in Old Stratford for £320.
Queen Elizabeth I dies in March. Her nephew James I ascends to the throne in May and grants a license to the King's Men.
In July William Shakespeare purchases land in Stratford, Old Stratford, Bishopton and Welcombe for £440.
King Lear written.
On 26th December a performance of King Lear is given at court.
Daughter Susanna marries John Hall, a local physician on June 5th.
Shakespeare's youngest brother Edmund dies on December 31st and is buried in St Saviour's Southwark in London.
First Quarto of King Lear published.
Elizabeth, daughter of John and Susanna Hall and granddaughter to William Shakespeare is baptised on February 21st.
In September Mary Shakespeare, William's mother dies.
King Lear performed at Blackfriars.
William Shakespeare returns to live in Stratford on Avon.
Richard Shakespeare, William's brother dies.
The Globe Theatre burns down during a performance of Henry VIII.
The Two Noble Kinsmen, Shakespeare and Fletcher's last play is written.
Daughter Judith marries Thomas Quiney, a local vintner on February 10th.
On the 25th of March William Shakespeare executes his will.
William Shakespeare dies on St George's Day the 23rd of April and is buried in the parish church at Stratford on Avon.
First Folio of the Works of William Shakespeare published.