List of Shakespeare's plays by genre.

The groups below are the classification of Shakespeare’s plays according to the First Folio, a collection of 36 of Shakespeare's plays published in 1623 by his colleagues. Since the interpretations of the plays change through the centuries, you might see them grouped differently in other places. An additional group, 'problem plays', has sometimes been used to categorise All's Well That Ends Well, Measure for Measure and Troilus and Cressida.

Click on a play to find summaries, dates and sources, past RSC productions (images and videos), education resources and famous quotes.

Genres

  • Comedies

    • All’s Well That Ends Well
    • As You Like It
    • The Comedy of Errors
    • Love's Labour's Lost
    • Measure for Measure
    • The Merchant of Venice
    • The Merry Wives of Windsor
    • A Midsummer Night's Dream
    • Much Ado About Nothing
    • The Taming of the Shrew
    • The Tempest
    • Twelfth Night
    • The Two Gentlemen of Verona
    • The Winter's Tale
  • Tragedies

    • Antony and Cleopatra
    • Coriolanus
    • Cymbeline
    • Hamlet
    • Julius Caesar
    • King Lear
    • Macbeth
    • Othello
    • Romeo and Juliet
    • Timon of Athens
    • Titus Andronicus
    • Troilus and Cressida 
  • Histories

    • Henry IV Part I
    • Henry IV Part II
    • Henry V
    • Henry VI Part I
    • Henry VI Part II
    • Henry VI Part III
    • Henry VIII
    • King John
    • Richard II
    • Richard III
  • Plays not in the First Folio

    • Pericles
    • The Two Noble Kinsmen

 

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