On this exact day in fifteen ninety-five (1595) William Shakespeare’s most famous play Romeo and Juliet was performed in London. A long time has passed since that day but four hundred and twenty-six years later we can say that this epic love story is probably still the most famous in the world.
So, let’s celebrate this wonderful day by practicing our simple past verbs!
Follow the text below, all about William Shakespeare, and fill in the gaps with the past simple verbs as you go. Enjoy!
William Shakespeare | Fill in the Gaps | Past Simple Verbs
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- William Shakespeare (was) (be) born on the twenty-third of April in fifteen sixty-four (1564) in a small English town called Stratford-upon-Avon. His father, John, (married) (marry) his mother Mary in the nearby town of Wilmcote. In fifteen fifty-six (1556) he (bought) (buy) a house in Stratford for the family and that is where William (grew up) (grow up). John (was) (be) a merchant and he (traded) (trade) in wool, corn and gloves. Therefore, they (were) (be) not a poor family. Shakespeare (went) (go) went to a junior school in Stratford where he (learnt) (learn) how to read and write. At school he (studied) (study) Latin as it (was) (be) the international language of Europe at the time. He probably (left) (leave) school at age 14. When he (was) (be) 18 he (married) (marry) Anne Hathaway. The couple (had) (have) their first child, Susanna, a year later. Their two other children, twins Hamnet and Judith (were) born a few years after. Between fifteen eighty-five (1585) and fifteen eighty-two (1582) Shakespeare (disappeared) (disappear) from the historical record and no one knows a lot about what he (did) (do) during this time. However, it is certain that at some point he (moved) to London. He (started) (start) writing poetry in 1593 during the time of the Plague. He (wrote) (write) his first play Two Gentlemen of Verona shortly after this. In 1594 he (became) (become) a member, actor and shareholder of a theatre company, the Lord Chamberlain’s Men. In 1595, the company (performed) (perform) Romeo and Juliet in London. The lead actor (was) (be) Richard Burbage, who (played) (play) the roles of Richard III, Hamlet and Orthello and eventually the company (was) renamed the King’s Men. Due to his writing and acting, Shakespeare (earned) (earn) a lot of money in his life and he (bought) (buy) lots of property in his hometown of Stratford. He (retired) (retire) there in 1611 to enjoy a peaceful life with his family. He eventually (died) (die) in 1616, the day of his birthday.
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