William Shakespeare belonged to the theatrical company called the Lord Chamberlain's Men. When James became King of England after the death of Elizabeth I in 1603, the name of the company changed to the King's Men. It was owned by the father and son team of James and Richard Burbage.
Shakespeare joined the Lord Chamberlain's Men in 1594. He both acted and wrote for the group, who first performed at London's Theater. In 1598 the group built their own theater, known as the Globe, in the city's Bankside area. Like all acting companies of the day, Shakespeare's troupe comprised only males.