Shakespeare worked for an acting company called The Lord Chamberlain's Men starting in the early 1590s, which then changed its name to King's Men after King James I took the throne in 1603. The company was considered popular and records show that Shakespeare both acted and wrote plays for the company.
Shakespeare's first plays are thought to have been written around 1592 and include the tragedy "Titus Andronicus," the comedies "The Two Gentlemen of Verona" and "The Taming of the Shrew" as well as several history plays including the "Henry VI" trilogy. It is thought that Shakespeare was working with multiple London theater companies, but no definitive records show that he was involved with any other companies.
Shakespeare wrote more than 37 plays in his time as a playwright and is known for his iambic pentameter usage and his contemplative soliloquies such as the famous "To be, or not to be" speech found in "Hamlet." Shakespeare also wrote a number of poems, and his first poem published was a narrative erotic poem entitled "Venus and Adonis." He wrote this play and dedicated it to a close friend, the Earl of Southampton. Shakespeare died on April 23, 1616 at the age of 52.