A Shakespearean wedding is often seen as a happy ending, but is it that straightforward...

Just how successful are most of the marriages in Shakespeare’s plays?

Many of the plays mention weddings and often end with couples pairing off for matrimony, but most of these ceremonies happen off stage, away from the eyes of the audience. And while these weddings are often portrayed as happy endings, many of the relationships seem to hint at something darker.

Take a look at the relationships timeline below, as we try to uncover some of the truths behind Shakespeare’s portrayals of marriage and see if his approach changed over time.