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Why did Shakespeare leave his family to move to London?

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worcester | College Teacher | Honors

Posted November 21, 2011 at 3:22 AM via web

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Why did Shakespeare leave his family to move to London?

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thanatassa | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted November 21, 2011 at 3:38 AM (Answer #1)

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Unfortunately, the move occurred during a period known to Shakespearean scholars as the "dark years," a period for which we have no biographical information about Shakespeare. It should also be noted that in general, biographical information about Shakespeare is scant and not completely reliable.

The odds are that Shakespeare moved to London for career reasons. There would not have been a great deal of highly remunerative work for an actor/playwright in Stratford. Moreover, as his father had suffered some financial difficulties, it was necessary for William to find work that would support his family. He did manage to obtain a position with Pembroke’s Men, and continued to work for London theatrical companies until, sometime near the end of his life, he became sufficiently well-of to retire to Stratford.

As Statford is approximately 100 miles from London, it would have been a multi-day journey, making voisits limited to times when the theatre was not running.

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