Although William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-on-Avon, north of London, he spent most of his career living and working in London. Between 1590 and 1613, he wrote and acted in plays that were produced at the Globe and Blackfriars theaters and at court.
Although Shakespeare's plays were all produced in London, he purchased the second-largest house in Stratford-on-Avon in 1597 and split his time between Stratford and London. With other members of his acting company, he built the Globe theater in 1599, then purchased the Blackfriars theatre in 1609. Shakespeare worked as an actor until at least 1608. He may have left London in 1609 when the plague hit the city, but he visited the city frequently from 1611 to 1614. He stopped writing in 1613.