2016 marks the 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. The FAAPI 2016 Conference will provide an opportunity to honour the work and legacy of the most celebrated British playwright.



Shakespeare’s Life

What year was Shakespeare born?

Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, in 1564. The exact date of his birth is not recorded, but it has been calculated that it is most likely to have been 23 April.

Shakespeare was baptised at Holy Trinity Church on Wednesday 26 April. At that time, the Prayer Book instructed parents to ensure their children were baptised no later than the first Sunday after birth. This means that it’s unlikely that Shakespeare was born any earlier than the previous Sunday; 23 April.

We also know that when he died (on 23 April 1616), Shakespeare was described as being in his fifty-third year (i.e. he was fifty-two). This means that he must have already had his birthday that year – if he was born any later than 23 April then he would still have been fifty-one when he died.

Three days would be a reasonable interval between birth and baptism, so this all adds up to the 23 April being the most likely date of Shakespeare’s birth. This is why people all over the world choose to celebrate his birthday on this date.

When did Shakespeare die, and where was he buried?

Shakespeare died on 23 April 1616, and was buried two days later in Holy Trinity Church, Stratford-upon-Avon.