He was born in Stratford-on Avon, a small English town. The Stratford school was a difficult place at that time. School days were long, and only in the holidays could William have a real rest. When William was twenty-one, he went to London. He became an actor there and later he began to write plays. Shakespeare watched the new life and he showed how differently people understood it. William Shakespeare four hundredth birthday was celebrated in 1964 all over the world. A beautiful stamp of that year made in our country shows his portrait and scenes from Romeo and Juliet.