William Shakespeare

Learn about William Shakespeare, the world's most famous playwright, and enjoy our colouring pages and printable activities, puzzles and worksheets.

Who Was William Shakespeare?

Portrait of William ShakespeareWilliam Shakespeare was an English playwright and poet, widely regarded as one of the greatest ever English writers. Some of Shakespeare’s better known plays include ‘Romeo & Juliet’, ‘Hamlet’ and ‘Much Ado About Nothing’.

Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1564 before moving to London to become an actor at age 21. Shakespeare wrote different genres of plays throughout his career, starting out mainly with comedies and histories before moving on to tragedies as he grew older.

In 1599, along with some fellow actors, Shakespeare built a theatre on the South Bank of the River Thames which he named ‘The Globe’. It was here that many of his plays were performed. Today, visitors to London can still watch Shakespeare plays at the restored Globe Theatre.

William Shakespeare was a very well-known character in Tudor England. It is thought that Elizabeth I was a fan of his plays.

The original Globe Theatre
The original Globe Theatre

Fun fact: William Shakespeare was the only member of his family that could read or write!

"A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool."
William Shakespeare

Shakespeare Colouring Pages
Have some fun with our collection of colouring pages of William Shakespeare, that most famous of...
Shakespeare Copywork
What better way to learn some famous lines from Shakespeare's plays than to copy them out? And...
Shakespeare Printables
Enjoy our posters, notebooking pages, bookmarks and other fun Shakespeare printables - intended to...
Shakespeare Puzzles
We've got a range of puzzles with a William Shakespeare theme here, to print out for the kids...
Shakespeare Worksheets
Here's a collection of Shakespeare worksheets, designed to help make learning about the...

More Shakespeare Activities

Activity Village is not responsible for this video content. Children should not browse video sharing sites unsupervised.

"Be not afraid of greatness: some
are born great, some achieve greatness, and some
have greatness thrust upon 'em."
William Shakespeare

You Might Also Enjoy:

Charles Dickens Resources
Charles Dickens