How did Shakespeare end up in London?
It was said that he fled to London in order to escape punishment. John Aubrey wrote in 1681 that William Shakespeare ‘had been in his younger years a schoolmaster in the country’ (which might well refer to Stratford, since Aubrey was writing from a London perspective).
When did Shakespeare move to London and why?
Shakespeare’s ‘lost years’
A seven-year gap in Shakespeare’s biography – between 1585 and 1592 – is another source of frustration to historians. At some point in this period, Shakespeare moved from Stratford-upon-Avon to London, where he emerges, in 1592, as a successful actor and playwright.
How did Shakespeare travel?
When Shakespeare travelled to London, he probably went on horseback. The journey from Stratford-upon-Avon to the Globe Theatre by way of Oxford, is around 95 miles so it is unlikely he would have walked. He was believed to have stayed at the Crown Inn in Oxford, which was run by his friend, John Davenant and his wife.
What did Shakespeare do before he moved to London?
He grew up, had a family, and bought property in Stratford, but he worked in London, the center of English theater. As an actor, a playwright, and a partner in a leading acting company, he became both prosperous and well-known.
Where did Shakespeare stay in London?
Evidence suggests the Bard lived at what is now known as 35 Great St Helen’s – a site next to St Helen’s Church occupied by an office block.
How long did Shakespeare live in London?
From about 1590 to 1613, Shakespeare lived mainly in London and by 1592 was a well-known actor there. He was also a playwright. His play, Henry VI, was performed at the Rose theatre in 1592.