William Shakespeare is one of the most famous playwrights in the world. His plays have been translated into around 80 languages and are studied by school children worldwide.
Shakespeare wrote with a quill pen, which was a sharpened feather dipped in ink.
Shakespeare was born in 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. He married his wife, Anne Hathaway, when he was 18 and had three children. Shakespeare died in 1616, aged 52.