Shakespeare Plays and Media List

William Shakespeare has had more influence on stories around the world than any other non-religious figure. His plays have been translated into many languages, adapted an infinite number of times, and entered our pop-culture in more ways than we know. This is the Shakespeare timeline.

What’s in the Shakespeare Timeline?


This is one of the few instances where we sort by release date. We’re huge fans of Shakespeare’s work, and he was the subject of our first non-science fiction or fantasy timeline. However, since Shakespeare’s plays are not a shared universe, there’s no other order to list. So we sort by date. We have also included some of the debated plays. These plays may have had more than one author besides Shakespeare.

We’ve also included various adaptations and derivative work. We don’t include ALL adaptations and inspired work because that list would be nearly unending. But we have picked a few of what we think are some of the most notable of the stories produced after Shakespeare himself. We hope you enjoy that list, and be sure to let us know if you have a beloved adaptation that you would include on this list.

Shakespeare is a subject of much study. His works are well documented. That said, if you see something we should include on this list, let us know. We might have missed something. You can do this on our contact page. Additionally, if you liked this timeline you might like some of our others, so feel free to look around.

Where to start reading Shakespeare?

Generally speaking, the schools have it about right. The tragedies are usually a good place to learn to appreciate Shakespeare. So we recommend Hamlet or Macbeth. However, some of his comedies are still funny today. You might want to start with Twelfth Night, or Much Ado About Nothing. Or you could read all of them in order, based on this timeline.

entries

ChronologicalSeriesGetTitleTypeEditorReleased

Elizabethan Era

Play

William Shakespeare

1589-01-01

Elizabethan Era

Play

William Shakespeare

1590-01-01

Elizabethan Era

Play

William Shakespeare

1590-06-01

Elizabethan Era

Play

William Shakespeare

1591-01-01

Elizabethan Era

Play

William Shakespeare

1591-01-01

Elizabethan Era

Play

William Shakespeare

1591-06-01

Possibly written as a prequel to the other Henry VI plays.

Elizabethan Era

Play

William Shakespeare

1592-01-01

Elizabethan Era

Play

William Shakespeare

1592-01-01

Shakespeare only wrote parts of this play.

Elizabethan Era

Play

William Shakespeare

1592-06-01

Elizabethan Era

Poem

William Shakespeare

1593-01-01

Elizabethan Era

Poem

William Shakespeare

1594-01-01

Elizabethan Era

Play

William Shakespeare

1594-03-01

Elizabethan Era

Play

William Shakespeare

1594-06-01

Elizabethan Era

Play

William Shakespeare

1595-01-01

A lost play.

Elizabethan Era

Play

William Shakespeare

1595-03-01

Elizabethan Era

Play

William Shakespeare

1595-06-01

Elizabethan Era

Play

William Shakespeare

1595-09-01

Elizabethan Era

Play

William Shakespeare

1596-01-01

Elizabethan Era

Play

William Shakespeare

1596-03-01

Elizabethan Era

Play

William Shakespeare

1596-06-01

Elizabethan Era

Play

William Shakespeare

1597-01-01

Elizabethan Era

Play

William Shakespeare

1597-03-01

Elizabethan Era

Play

William Shakespeare

1598-01-01

Elizabethan Era

Play

William Shakespeare

1599-01-01

Elizabethan Era

Play

William Shakespeare

1599-03-01

Elizabethan Era

Play

William Shakespeare

1599-06-01

Elizabethan Era

Play

William Shakespeare

1599-09-01

Elizabethan Era

Play

William Shakespeare

1601-01-01

Elizabethan Era

Play

William Shakespeare

1601-03-01

Elizabethan Era

Play

William Shakespeare

1603-01-01

Elizabethan Era

Play

William Shakespeare

1603-01-01

Elizabethan Era

Play

William Shakespeare

1604-01-01

Elizabethan Era

Play

William Shakespeare

1605-01-01

Elizabethan Era

Play

William Shakespeare

1605-03-01

Elizabethan Era

Play

William Shakespeare

1606-01-01

Elizabethan Era

Play

William Shakespeare

1606-03-01

Elizabethan Era

Play

William Shakespeare

1607-01-01

Elizabethan Era

Play

William Shakespeare

1608-01-01

Elizabethan Era

Play

William Shakespeare

1609-01-01

Elizabethan Era

Anthology

William Shakespeare

1609-03-01

Elizabethan Era

Play

William Shakespeare

1610-01-01

Elizabethan Era

Play

William Shakespeare

1610-03-01

Elizabethan Era

Play

William Shakespeare

1612-01-01

A lost play.

Elizabethan Era

Play

William Shakespeare

1612-03-01

Elizabethan Era

Play

William Shakespeare

1613-01-01

Films

Film

Sam Taylor

1929-10-26

Films

Film

Alan Dent
Dallas Bower
Laurence Olivier

1944-11-22

Films

Film

Laurence Olivier

1948-05-04

Films

Film

Orson Welles

1950-12-27

Films

Film

Joseph L. Mankiewicz

1953-06-04

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