An online dramaturgical casebook.

The timeline of the canon

From the Shakespeare Resource Center. (The links lead you to synopses of each play.)

Work Written Published
The Comedy of Errors 1589-1594 1623
The Two Gentlemen of Verona 1589-1593 1623
King John 1590-1595 1623
Henry VI, Part 1 1590-1592 1623
Henry VI, Part 2 1591 1594
Henry VI, Part 3 1592 1595
Venus and Adonis 1593 1593
Richard III 1593 1597
The Taming of the Shrew 1593-1594 1623
Titus Andronicus 1593-1594 1594
The Rape of Lucrece 1594 1594
Romeo and Juliet 1594 1597
Love’s Labours Lost 1594 1598
The Sonnets 1594 1609
Richard II 1595 1597
A Midsummer Night’s Dream 1595 1600
The Merchant of Venice 1596 1600
Henry IV, Part 1 1596 1598
Henry IV, Part 2 1597 1600
The Merry Wives of Windsor 1597 1602
Much Ado About Nothing 1598 1600
As You Like It 1599 1623
Julius Caesar 1599 1623
Henry V 1599 1600
Hamlet 1600 1603
Troilus and Cressida 1600-1603 1609
Twelfth Night 1601 1623
All’s Well That Ends Well 1601-1602 1623
Othello 1602-1603 1622
Measure for Measure 1603 1623
Timon of Athens 1604-1606 1623
King Lear 1605 1608
Macbeth 1606 1623
Pericles 1606-1607 1609
Antony and Cleopatra 1607-1608 1623
Coriolanus 1608 1623
Cymbeline 1609 1623
The Winter’s Tale 1609 1623
The Tempest 1610 1623
The Two Noble Kinsmen 1611 1634
Cardenio* 1612
Henry VIII 1613 1623

*Cardenio is a lost play, known to have been performed by the King’s Men, although its authorship by Shakespeare is somewhat questionable.

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