* Shakespeare died a rich man. He made several gifts to various people but left his property to his daughter, Susanna. The only mention of his wife in Shakespeare’s own will is- I gyve unto my wief my second best bed with the furnitureThe furniture was the bedclothes for the bed.
* Shakespeare was buried in the HolyTrinity Church, Stratford-upon-Avon . He put a curse on anyone daring to move his body from that final resting place. His epitaph was:
To dig the dust enclosed here:
Blest be the man that spares these stones,
And curst be he that moves my bones.
Though it was customary to dig up the bones from previous graves to make room for others, Shakespeare’sremains are still undisturbed.
* One of Shakespeare’s relatives on his mother’s side, William Arden, was arrested for plotting against Queen Elizabeth I, imprisoned in the Tower of London and executed.
* During his life, Shakespeare wrote 37 plays and 154 sonnets ! This means an average 1.5 plays a year since he first started writing in 1589. His last play The Two Noble Kinsmen is reckoned to have been written in 1613 when he was 49 years old. While he was writing the playsat such a pace he was also conducting afamily life, a social life and a full business life, running an acting companyand a theatre.
* Few people realise that apart from writing his numerous plays and sonnets ,Shakespeare was also an actor who performed many of his own plays as wellas those of other playwrights. During hislife Shakespeare performed before Queen Elizabeth I and, later, before James I who was an enthusiastic patron of his work.
* Shakespeare’s shortest play, The Comedy of Errors is only a third of thelength of his longest, Hamlet , which takes four hours to perform.
* All Uranus satellites are named after Shakespearean characters.
* William Shakespeare is an anagram of I am a weakish speller.
* Shakespeare’s original grave marker showed him holding a bag of grain. Citizens of Stratford replaced the bag with a quill in 1747.