One of the Greatest English dramatists, Shakespeare is the author of two narrative poems, many sonnets and 37 plays. He was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in April 1564 but already in 1588 he moved to London where he became famous as an actor. By 1592 he had begun to write for the stage. His comedy masterpieces include The Comedy of Errors, Love’s Labour’s Lost, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Romeo and Juliet (c.1595) was the first of his major tragedies followed by a series of the mature tragedies, Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, and Macbeth. Towards the end of his life Shakespeare wrote less. His last works, the so-called romances, include Cymbeline, The Tempest, and The Winter’s Tale. He died in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1616.