Shakespeare on the Sound is a hip, up and coming outdoor Shakespearian theater troupe garnering more and more glowing reviews. This summer they presented “Much Ado About Nothing” leaving their characteristically vibrant signature on the piece which was performed in Baldwin Park in Greenwich. Although the program’s piece de resistance is this annual outdoor summer performance the troupe continues to positively impact the area year round. They have a special program for educators to help stimulate ideas to better bring Shakespeare into the classroom as well as a notable Apprentice program. The apprentice program gives theater students and developing artists of high school and college age youth the chance to work with some of the country’s finest actors. In addition the company hosts a variety of lectures and book signings. For more information on these enriching Shakespeare experiences log onto

William Shakespeare was born in April, 1564, the oldest son of John Shakespeare. His father, a glover, trader, and landowner, married Mary Arden, the daughter of an affluent landowner. John Shakespeare was ambitious, and he filled many municipal offices in Stratford including that of burgess, which allowed him to educate his children without charge at the King’s New School in Stratford. He rose by election to the position of Alderman in 1565 and in 1568 he was elected Bailiff and made an application to the Herald’s office for a grant of arms. In his position as Bailiff he was responsible for licensing companies of actors who applied to play in the Guild Hall.

William Shakespeare married Ann Hathaway in November, 1582 and six months later their daughter, Susanna, was born. Two other children were born, the twins Hamnet and Judith, in February 1585. Sometime after this he joined a troupe of players and made his way to London. As a member of London’s leading Theater Company, the Lord Chamberlain’s Company, he wrote plays and eventually became a sharer in the Globe Theater. He was so successful that in 1596 he successfully renewed his father’s application for a grant of arms and the following year he bought and restored New Place, the second-largest house in Stratford. He also bought other real estate in Stratford and London. Shakespeare semi-retired from London life around 1610. He died 23 April 1616, disposing of his large estate in his will.

Some claim that William Shakespeare of Stratford-upon-Avon was not the author of the plays and poems that bear his name. However, evidence shows that a real person named William Shakespeare wrote the poems and plays attributed to him; that a real person named William Shakespeare was an actor in the company that produced the plays attributed to him; that the actor was the same William Shakespeare of Stratford-upon-Avon; that William Shakespeare of Stratford-upon-Avon was part-owner of the Globe Theater and where his acting company produced the plays attributed to him.

Shakespeare will forever be a central figure in Western literature and we owe thanks to the Shakespeare on the Sound Company for spreading his word…


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