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The Complete Works of William Shakespeare

Order of plays (by year)

This page was originally created by Jeremy Hylton
and was adapted by Martin Noble for the Aesop Shakespeare.

This listing by Martin Noble and Jeremy Hylton is based on the order in which Shakespeare probably wrote the plays and on the scholarship of W.J. Craig and (later) Stanley Wells and Gary Taylor, who prepared the Oxford edition of the complete works. Martin Noble (MN)'s annotations are based on W.J. Craig's 1954 edition of the Oxford edition; Jeremy Hylton (JH)'s annotations are in some cases based on Wells and Taylor's estimate, while others include facts that help pinpoint the date.

You can also search the plays for occurrences of specific words or you can look at the plays arranged:


1590-1592Henry VI, Part 1Aesop version
Hylton version
Probably written in 1590-1 (JH). Probably written in 1592 (MN).
1590-1594Love's Labour's LostAesop version
Hylton version
Probably written in 1590 (MN). Probably written in 1593 or 1594 (JH).
1591-1594The Comedy of ErrorsAesop version
Hylton version
Probably written in 1591 (MN). Probably the play 'The Night of Errors' performed on 28 December 1594 (JH).
1592Two Gentlemen of VeronaAesop version
Hylton version
Probably written in 1592 (MN). Mentioned by Francis Meres in 1598 (JH)
1592Henry VI, Part 2Aesop version
Hylton version
Probably written in 1592 (MN). Probably the play 'Harey the VJ' recorded as performed on 3 March 1592 by Lord Strange's Men (JH).
1592-1593Richard IIIAesop version
Hylton version
Probably written in 1593(MN). Probably first performed in 1592-3 (JH).
1592-1595Henry VI, Part 3Aesop version
Hylton version
Probably written in 1592 (MN). First published in 1595 (JH)
1593-1594Titus AndronicusAesop version
Hylton version
According to the first printing, performed by a company that had folded by the summer of 1593 (JH). Probably written in 1594 (MN)
1593-1595Romeo and JulietAesop version
Hylton version
Probably written in 1593 (MN). Probably written in 1594 or 1595 (JH).
1594-1595Richard IIAesop version
Hylton version
Probably written in 1594 (MN). Probably written no later than 1595 (JH).
1594-1595A Midsummer Night's DreamAesop version
Hylton version
Probably written in 1594 (MN). Probably written in 1594 or 1595 immediately before or after Romeo and Juliet (JH).
1594-1596King JohnAesop version
Hylton version
Probably written in 1594 (MN). Probably written in 1595 or 1596 JH).
1595-1598The Merchant of VeniceAesop version
Hylton version
Probably written in 1595 (MN). Listed in the Stationers' Register on 22 July 1598, probably written a year or two before JH).
1596Taming of the ShrewAesop version
Hylton version
Probably written in 1596 (MN)
1596-1598Henry IV, Part 1Aesop version
Hylton version
Probably written in 1596 or 1597 (MN). Listed in the Stationers' Register of 25 February 1598 (JH).
1596-1598Henry IV, Part 2Aesop version
Hylton version
Probably begun in late 1596 or 1597 (JH). Probably written in 1598 (MN).
1597-1599The Merry Wives of WindsorAesop version
Hylton version
Probably performed on the occasion of the installation of George Carey, Lord Chamberlain and patron of Shakespeare's company, as a Knight of the Garter at Windsor (23 April 1597) (JH). Probably written in 1599 (MN).
1599Much Ado About NothingAesop version
Hylton version
The role of Dogberry was probably written for Will Kemp, who left Shakespeare's company in 1599 (JH). Probably written in 1599 (MN).
1599Henry VAesop version
Hylton version
Probably written in the spring of 1599 (JH). Probably written in 1599 (MN).
1599Julius CaesarAesop version
Hylton version
A performance is recorded on 21 September 1599 (JH). Probably written in 1599 (MN).
1600As You Like ItAesop version
Hylton version
Recorded in the Stationers' Register on 4 August 1600 (JH). Probably written in 1600 (MN).
1600-1601Twelfth NightAesop version
Hylton version
Probably written in 1600 (MN). Probably written in 1601 (JH).
1600-1602HamletAesop version
Hylton version
Probably written in 1600 and later revised (JH). Probably completed in 1602 (MN).
1602Troilus and CressidaAesop version
Hylton version
Probably written in 1602 (MN).
1602All's Well That Ends WellAesop version
Hylton version
Probably written in 1602 (MN).
1604Measure for MeasureAesop version
Hylton version
Probably written in 1604 (MN).
1604OthelloAesop version
Hylton version
Probably written in 1604 (MN).
1605The Tragedy of King LearAesop version
Hylton version
Probably written in 1605 (MN).
1606MacbethAesop version
Hylton version
Probably written in 1606 (MN).
1607Antony and CleopatraAesop version
Hylton version
Probably written in 1607 (MN).
1608Timon of AthensAesop version
Hylton version
Probably written in 1608 (MN).
1608PericlesAesop version
Hylton version
Probably written in 1608 (MN).
1608CoriolanusAesop version
Hylton version
Probably written in 1608 (MN).
1610The Winter's TaleAesop version
Hylton version
Probably written in 1610 (MN).
1610CymbelineAesop version
Hylton version
Probably written in 1610 (MN).
1611The TempestAesop version
Hylton version
Probably written in 1611 (MN).
1611-1613Henry VIIIAesop version
Hylton version
Probably written in 1611 (MN). The firing of a canon during one of the first performances of this play, on 29 June 1613, started the fire that burned the Globe Theatre to the ground (JH).

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Last Update: 28 February 1998