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William Shakespeare and The Winter's Tale: A Brief Chronology

1558 Elizabeth I proclaimed Queen of England following the death of her sister, Queen Mary I.
1564 23 April: William Shakespeare is born in Stratford to a glover, John Shakespeare, and his wife, Mary Shakespeare. His baptism is recorded at the Holy Trinity Church on 26 April.
1571 Shakespeare begins his formal education at the Stratford Grammar School.
1582 28 November: a "William Shagspeare" (as written in the marriage bond) weds "Anne Hathwey"—Anne Hathaway of Shottery, Stratford.
1583 2 May: the baptism of Susanna Shakespeare, the first child born six months after the Shakespeare wedding.
1585-1592 Shakespeare is believed to have left his family in Stratford to join a company of actors as both playwright and performer, starting his career in theater.
1585 The twins Hamnet and Judith born.
1588 The Spanish Armada is defeated as Spain attempts an invasion of England.
1589-1590 Shakespeare is believed to have written his very first play, Henry VI, Part One in this year. He may have been a member of the combined players' companies, the Lord Strange's and Lord Admiral's Men.
1592 Shakespeare is criticized in Robert Greene's Groats-worth of Witteas an "upstart crow" who plagiarizes from other plays, a sign that Shakespeare is in London.
1592-94 Theaters in London close because of the plague.
1592-93 Presumed composition of the narrative poems Venus and Adonis and The Rape of Lucreceand the plays Richard III, The Comedy of Errors, Titus Andronicus and The Taming of the Shrew
1594 The Lord Chamberlain's Men, a theater troupe including distinguished actor Richard Burbage and comic Will Kemp, performs with Shakespeare in their group.
1595 Presumed composition of Richard II,A Midsummer Night's Dream, Romeo and Juliet.
1596 Son Hamnet dies, 11 August. Shakespeare's father is granted a coat of arms.
1597 Shakespeare buys the New Place, one of Stratford's most prominent houses.
1598 Performance in Ben Jonson's Every Man in his Humor, which lists him as a principal actor in the play.
1599 The Globe Theater is built on the Bankside from the materials of the demolished Theater in Shoreditch. Julius Caesar is performed at the Globe for the first known time on 21 September, according to the diary of Swiss tourist Thomas Platter.
1600-1601 Presumed compositon of Hamlet.
1601 Presumed composition of narrative poem, The Phoenix and the Turtle.John Shakespeare dies.
1601-1602 Presumed composition of Twelfth Night or What You Will, All Well That Ends Well and Troilus and Cressida
1603 24 March: Death of Queen Elizabeth I and ascension of James I.
The Chamberlain's Men are renamed The King's Men.
Shakespeare is recorded as performing in Ben Jonson's Sejanus, Shakespeare's last recorded acting performance.
1604 Presumed composition of Measure for Measure and Othello.
1605 Presumed composition of King Lear and Macbeth.
1607-1608 Timon of Athens, Pericles and Coriolanusare composed. Shakespeare's daughter Susanna marries John Hall.
1608 The King's Men take on a twenty-one year lease of London's first permanently enclosed theater, the Blackfriars Playhouse.
1608-10 The return of the plague forces a closure of all playhouses from the spring of 1608 through to early 1610.
1609-1610 Cymbeline is thought to have been composed.
1610-1611 The Winter's Tale is written. The play is performed in 1611 at the Globe and again in November 1611 at the first Banqueting House. The play would also be performed in February 1613 as one of a number of entertainments to celebrate the wedding of Princess Elizabeth to Frederick V.
1613 The Globe Theater burns to the ground during a performance of Henry VIII(alternative title: All is True).
1614 The second Globe Theater opens.
1616 The death of Shakespeare on 23 April. The burial occurs on 25 April at Holy Trinity Church in Stratford.
1623 The death of Shakespeare's wife, Anne Hathaway.
The publication of The First Folio by John Hemminges and Henry Condell.