English playwright William Shakespeare was born and died in Stratford-upon-Avon, a countryside town approximately 100 miles northwest of London, but spent most of his time in London. Shakespeare was born in 1564, likely April 23, and went to grammar school in Stratford, which is located in the county of Warwickshire.
By 1592, Shakespeare had relocated with his wife, Anne Hathaway, and children to London where he worked as an actor and playwright and eventually became a shareholder in a popular acting company called the Lord Chamberlain's Men. The majority of his plays were written between 1589 and 1613, when he reportedly retired and relocated back to Stratford, where he died 3 years later at age 52. Some of the plays that Shakespeare is most know for include "Hamlet," "Romeo and Juliet," "Macbeth" and "The Taming of the Shrew."