Shakespeare's Plays - Dates

William Shakespeare  1564 - 1616

All dates for the plays are approximate.

Play Year
Henry VI, Parts I–III 1591
Richard II 1592
The Comedy of Errors 1592
Titus Andronicus 1593
The Taming of the Shrew 1593
The Two Gentlemen of Verona 1594
Love's Labour's Lost 1594
Romeo and Juliet 1594
Richard II  1595
A Midsummer Night's Dream 1595
King John 1596
The Merchant of Venice 1596
Henry IV, Parts I–II  1597
Much Ado about Nothing 1598
Henry V  1598
Julius Caesar 1599
As You Like It 1599
Twelfth Night 1599
Hamlet 1600
The Merry Wives of Windsor 1600
Troilus and Cressida 1601
All's Well that ends Well 1602
Measure for Measure   1604
Othello 1604
King Lear 1605
Macbeth 1605
Antony and Cleopatra  1606
Coriolanus 1607
Timon of Athens 1607
Pericles 1608
Cymbeline 1609
The Winter's Tale 1610
The Tempest 1611
Henry VIII 1612

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare

The Bard of Avon

A nyone interested in Shakespeare, go visit the MIT Global Shakespeare Project, which holds the complete works of 'The Bard' along with digital copies of original documents, dating back to the 1600s. The Project collects and collates information on modern performances in addition to providing a study resource for scholars, teachers, educators and students.

Take a look at the Shakespeare Electronic Archive.

Another gem MIT hosts, is The Complete Works in HTML. Includes all plays and poetry.

Checkout the links below:

Comedy History Tragedy Poetry
All's Well That Ends Well
As You Like It
The Comedy of Errors
Love's Labours Lost
Measure for Measure
Merry Wives of Windsor
The Merchant of Venice
Midsummer Night Dream
Much Ado About Nothing
Pericles, Prince of Tyre
Taming of the Shrew
The Tempest
Troilus and Cressida
Twelfth Night
Two Gentlemen of Verona
Winter's Tale
Henry IV, part 1
Henry IV, part 2
Henry V
Henry VI, part 1
Henry VI, part 2
Henry VI, part 3
Henry VIII
King John
Richard II
Richard III
Antony and Cleopatra
Julius Caesar
King Lear
Romeo and Juliet
Timon of Athens
Titus Andronicus
The Sonnets
A Lover's Complaint
The Rape of Lucrece
Venus and Adonis
Funeral Elegy by W.S.

Hamlet - Act V Scene I

The Graveyard

Let me see. [Takes the skull] Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio: a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy: he hath borne me on his back a thousand times; and now, how abhorred in my imagination it is! my gorge rims at it. Here hung those lips that I have kissed I know not how oft. Where be your gibes now? your gambols? your songs? your flashes of merriment, that were wont to set the table on a roar? Not one now, to mock your own grinning? quite chap-fallen? Now get you to my lady's chamber, and tell her, let her paint an inch thick, to this favour she must come; make her laugh at that. Prithee, Horatio, tell me one thing.

What's that, my lord?

Dost thou think Alexander looked o' this fashion i' the earth?

E'en so.

And smelt so? pah! [Puts down the skull]

E'en so, my lord.

To what base uses we may return, Horatio! Why may not imagination trace the noble dust of Alexander, till he find it stopping a bung-hole?

'Twere to consider too curiously, to consider so.

No, faith, not a jot; but to follow him thither with modesty enough, and likelihood to lead it: as thus: Alexander died, Alexander was buried, Alexander returneth into dust; the dust is earth; of earth we make loam; and why of that loam, whereto he was converted, might they not stop a beer-barrel? Imperious Caesar, dead and turn'd to clay, Might stop a hole to keep the wind away: O, that that earth, which kept the world in awe, Should patch a wall to expel the winter flaw!

Hamlet - Act II Scene II

A Room In The Castle

I have of late—but wherefore I know not—lost all my mirth, forgone all custom of exercises, and indeed it goes so heavily with my disposition that this goodly frame, the earth, seems to me a sterile promontory; this most excellent canopy, the air—look you, this brave o'erhanging firmament, this majestical roof fretted with golden fire—why, it appears no other thing to me than a foul and pestilent congregation of vapors.

What a piece of work is a man! How noble in reason, how infinite in faculty! In form and moving, how express and admirable! In action, how like an angel, in apprehension, how like a god! The beauty of the world. The paragon of animals. And yet, to me, what is this quintessence of dust?

Man delights me not. No, nor woman neither.

Why Is Modern Art So Bad?

Why Is This Guy So Right?

A n interesting perspective, by Robert Florczak of Prager University, on the decline in standards on what is purported to be, and often passed off as art. He's right!

Reading the comments below the video on YouTube, there's a lot of disagreement with Florczak. Why? Being confrontational, daring, counter-culture, or polemical does not make for great 'Art'. Its okay to like modern art, but to hold it up for close inspection, reveals the paucity of profundity, quality, refinement and inspiration.

Tracey Emins "Bed". Is it art? Some think so, and willingly pay millions. £2.2 millions ($3,379,860) to be precise. Its expressive. But is it great Art?

As with all forms, there is a high and a low, a good and a poor, a better and a worse. Guess where much modern art sits.

Killing Time Movie Poster

C ame across a great poster, for the movie Killing Time, but haven't seen the movie yet. Its only available on VHS at Amazon. I don't have a VHS player.

The movie rated poorly on IMDB only receiving a lowly 5.3 from critics with mixed reviews. Some loved it and classed it as Art-House or Indie / Concept. Others found the directing wanting, though the plot has potential. Guess I won't be seeing this one, unless it surfaces on cheap DVD release.