Chronology of Plays
A (Rough) Chronology of Shakespeare's PlaysThe chart below attempts to suggest the general course of Shakespeare's career as a playwright by listing all his plays (except the Additions to Sir Thomas More and Cardenio, a lost play) vertically according to genre and horizontally according to year of first performance. In a number of cases the years given are the result of conjecture and deduction and may be disputed by some scholars.
Date Comedy History Tragedy Romance
1594-962 GentlemenKing JohnRomeo
Love's LaborsRichard II
1599As You Like ItHenry VJulius Caesar
1602Troilus & Cressida*
*Modern critics have often characterized these three plays separately as "problem plays."