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A (Rough) Chronology of Shakespeare's Plays

The 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

1589-93ErrorsHenry VITitus
ShrewRichard III

1594-962 GentlemenKing JohnRomeo
Love's LaborsRichard II
Midsummer

1596-98MerchantHenry IV
Wives
Much Ado

1599As You Like ItHenry VJulius Caesar

1600Hamlet

1601Twelfth Night

1602Troilus & Cressida*

1603All's Well*

1604Measure* Othello

1605King Lear

1606Macbeth

1607Antony Pericles

1608Coriolanus

1609TimonCymbeline

1610Winter's

1611-13Henry VIIITempest
Kinsmen

*Modern critics have often characterized these three plays separately as "problem plays."