William Shakespeare (1564-1616) was an English poet and playwright who many consider to be the greatest writer of the English language. He lived in Stratford-upon-Avon and married Anne Hathaway (not that one), having three children with her (including two twins). He was respected for his work in his own time, but it wasn’t until the 19th century when he became a legend. To this day, his works are constantly studied, performed and reinterpreted.

William Shakespeare’s first known work is The Two Gentlemen of Verona, which dates back to 1589 and was published for the first time in 1623. Previous to that, he had written Love’s Labour’s Won, a lost play that predates 1589. His work is broken down into the categories Comedies, Poems, Histories, Tragedies and Apocrypha. Below is a list of William Shakespeare’s plays in order of when they were first officially recorded:

Publication Order of Standalone Plays


The Two Gentlemen of Verona(1589) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Comedy of Errors(1589) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Henry VI, Part One(1590) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Titus Adronicus(1591) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Henry VI, Part Two(1592) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Taming of the Shrew(1593) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Richard III(1593) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Henry VI, Part Three(1593) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Love's Labour's Lost(1594) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Romeo and Juliet(1594) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Midsummer's Night's Dream(1595) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Richard II(1595) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
King John(1595) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Henry IV, Part One(1596) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Merchant of Venice(1596) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Merry Wives of Windsor(1597) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Henry IV, Part Two(1597) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Much Ado About Nothing(1598) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
As You Like It(1599) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Julius Caesar(1599) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Henry V(1599) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Troilus and Cressida(1600) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Hamlet(1600) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Twelfth Night or What You Will(1601) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
All's Well That Ends Well(1603) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Measure for Measure(1603) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Othello(1603) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Timon of Athens(1604) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
King Lear(1605) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Macbeth(1606) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Pericles(1607) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Antony and Cleopatra(1608) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Coriolanus(1608) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Cymbeline(1609) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Winter's Tale(1609) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Tempest(1610) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Two Noble Kinsmen(1611) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Cardenio(1612) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Henry VIII(1613) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Note: Cardenio was co-written by John Fletcher.

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