1611 - 1616: William Shakespeare - Back to Stratford

William Shakespeare - collaboration

At the end of his playwriting career, Shakespeare co-operated with another dramatist, John Fletcher, to produce:

  • Two Noble Kinsmen
  • Henry VIII

He may have been writing some material from Stratford, since at some point, possibly in 1611 after writing The Tempest, Shakespeare returned to Stratford to live in New Place.

William Shakespeare's death

Shakespeare died at Stratford in 1616. He is buried in Holy Trinity Church, where the following words are carved into the slab over his grave in the chancel:

Photo by David Jones, available through Creative Commons

Good frend for Jesus’ sake forbeare / To digg the dust encloased heare. / Bleste be the man that spares thes stones / And curst be he that moves my bones.