Shakespeare's Works: A Timeline

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The problem with any timeline of Shakespeare's works is that most dates are subject to interpretation. While it is easy to say that The Comedy of Errors is an early work and The Tempest is quite later, exact dates are not—and may not ever be—proved.

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

Timeline Links

Biography.com—William Shakespeare
This synopsis from Biography.com includes a rough timeline of the plays.
Chronology of Shakespeare's Plays
A timeline of performances and printings from Shakespeare Online.
In Search of Shakespeare—Dossier Timeline
PBS presents an elaborate timeline of the Bard's lifetime.
No Sweat Shakespeare—William Shakespeare Timeline
A year-by-year chronology of Shakespeare's life events and works.
Shakespeare Timeline at Absolute Shakespeare
Absolute Shakespeare presents the life (and works) of literature's most famous playwright.
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