The Works of William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare (bap. 25 April 1564, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England – 23 April 1616, Stratford-upon Avon), English poet and playwright.

The Comedies
Title Date Composed Story Era Story Setting
All's Well that Ends Well c.1604 16th century France and Italy
As You Like It c.1599 Renaissance Renaissance court and a forest ('Arden') 
The Comedy of Errors c.1589-94 1st century BC Ephesus
Love's Labour's Lost 1593-94 16th century Navarre
Measure for Measure c.1604 16th century Vienna
The Merchant of Venice 1596-97 Renaissance Venice and Belmont
The Merry Wives of Windsor 1596-97 Mediaeval Windsor
A Midsummer Night's Dream 1595-96 Antiquity Athens and the nearby wood
Much Ado About Nothing 1598 16th century Messina
The Taming of the Shrew c.1589-94 16th century Padua, and in the country
The Tempest 1610-11 Renaissance A remote desert island
Twelfth Night 1599-1601 Renaissance Illyria
The Two Gentlemen of Verona 1590-95 16th century Italy
The Winter's Tale 1610-11 Legendary Sicilia and Bohemia
The Tragedies
Title Date Composed Story Era Story Setting
Antony and Cleopatra c.1606 c.30 BC Egypt and Rome
Coriolanus c.1605-10 3rd century BC Rome
Cymbeline c.1608-10 1st century BC Britain and Rome
Hamlet c.1600 13th century Denmark
Julius Caesar c.1599 44 BC Rome
King Lear c.1603-36 Primitive Britain
Macbeth c.1603-36 11th century Scotland
Othello c.1603-36 Renaissance Venice and Cyprus
Pericles, Prince of Tyre 1607 Hellenistic Eastern Mediterranean
Romeo and Juliet 1594-95 15th century Verona
Timon of Athens 1606-08 Antiquity Athens and nearby wilderness
Titus Andronicus c.1589-94 Early Christian Rome
Troilus and Cressida 1602 Trojan War Troy and the Greek camp
The Histories
Title Date Composed Story Era Story Setting
Henry IV, Part 1 1596 15th century England
Henry IV, Part 2 1597-98 15th century England
Henry V c.1599 15th century England and France
Henry VI, Part 1 1590-91 15th century England and France
Henry VI, Part 2 1590-91 15th century England
Henry VI, Part 3 1590-91 15th century England and France
Henry VIII* 1612-13 16th century England
King John 1594-95 13th century England and France
Richard II 1595-96 14th century England
Richard III 1591 15th century England
Title Composed/Published
'A Lover's Complaint' first published 1609
The Passionate Pilgrim first published 1599
'The Phoenix and the Turtle' composed c.1600
The Rape of Lucrece composed 1593-94
Sonnets first published 1609
Venus and Adonis composed 1592-93


* In collaboration with John Fletcher.


Boyce, C. Critical Companion to William Shakespeare: A Literary Reference to His Life and Works, 2 vols., rev. ed. New York: Facts on File Inc., 2005.

Cheney, P. G. Shakespeare, National Poet-Playwright. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2004.










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