Shakespeare's plays reflect the society, history and culture of the world in which he was writing.
Despite his significant popularity, surprisingly little is known definitively about the man himself. At Bell Shakespeare, we are interested in investigating and exploring the incredible works that Shakespeare left behind. To do so, we must examine and understand the circumstances in which he lived.
Use the interactive timeline below to explore Shakespeare's plays alongside his life and historical events. Clickable links offer more detailed information on events and plays. You can also download a printable PDF to use at home or in the classroom.