Why did Shakespeare leave Stratford?


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As of 2014, scholars have not determined why Shakespeare left Stratford for London, but it appears that he left to be trained as an actor. The years between 1585 and 1592 are known as Shakespeare's "lost years."

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In 1582, Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway. By 1585, the couple had had three children, and Shakespeare moved to London shortly afterward, but the historical evidence of his life during this time is insufficient. However, he was seemingly successful as an actor and playwright in London, and he had written the "Henry VI" series, "Richard III," "The Comedy of Errors," "The Rape of Lucrece," and "Venus and Adonis" by 1593. Shakespeare likely also wrote some of his sonnets while in London. He joined the Lord Chamberlain's Men, a London acting group. In 1597, he bought New Place, which was the second-largest home in Stratford. However, he continued to live in London.

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