Shakespeare’s plays in chronological order

Discover each and every one of Shakespeare’s 37 plays and the year that they were first performed.

Shakespeare’s Globe. ©John Tramper

Shakespeare wrote 37 plays in his lifetime (conspiracy theorists aside), spanning the genres of tragedy, history, comedy and tragic-comedy. His plays have been translated into every language, and continue to be enjoyed by audiences around the world. Have a look at our timeline below for an approximate understanding of when Shakespeare first put on his now world-famous plays.

 First performed    Title of play
1590-91 Henry VI, Part II
Henry VI, Part III
1591-92  Henry VI, Part I
1592-93  Richard III
Comedy of Errors
1593-94 Titus Andronicus
Taming of the Shrew
1594-95  Two Gentlemen of Verona
Romeo and Juliet
Love Labour’s Lost
1595-96  Richard II
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
1596-97  King John
The Merchant of Venice
1597-98  Henry IV, Part I
Henry IV, Part II
1598-99  Much Ado About Nothing
Henry V
1599-1600  Julius Caesar
As You Like It
Twelfth Night
1600-01 Hamlet
The Merry Wives of Windsor
1601-02  Troilus and Cressida
1602-03  All’s Well That Ends Well
1604-05  Measure for Measure
1605-06  King Leah
1606-07  Antony and Cleopatra
1607-08  Timon of Athens
1608-09  Pericles
1609-10  Cymbeline
1610-11  The Winter’s Tale
1611-12  The Tempest
1612-13  Henry VIII


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