Which of Shakespeare's plays are classified as early, middle or late?I have made a list with all Shakespeare's Plays, classified by Tragedies, Histories and Comedies. Also by the side of each title...

Which of Shakespeare's plays are classified as early, middle or late?

I have made a list with all Shakespeare's Plays, classified by Tragedies, Histories and Comedies.

Also by the side of each title I have the chronological date of them!

But I am not sure to which period (early, middle or late) corresponds that date!

Could you please tell me of each Shakespearian Play if it is early, middle or late!

Thanks a lot for your help!

 

Shakespeare's Plays

Tragedies:

Antony and Cleopatra (1606-1607)

Coriolanus (1607-1608)

Hamlet (1600-1601)

Julius Caesar (1599-1600)

King Lear (1605-1606)

Macbeth (1605-1606)

Othello (1604-1605)

Romeo and Juliet (1594-1595)

Timon of Athens (1607-1608)

Titus Andronicus (1593-1594)

 

Comedies:

All's Well That Ends Well (1602-1603)

As You Like It (1599-1600)

The Comedy of Errors (1592-1593)

Cymbeline (1609-1610)

Love's Labours Lost (1594-1595)

Measure for Measure (1604-1605)

The Merry Wives of Windsor (1600-1601)

The Merchant of Venice (1596-1597)

A Midsummer Night's Dream (1595-1596)

Much Ado About Nothing (1598-1599)

Pericles, Prince of Tyre (1608-1609)

The Taming of the Shrew (1593-1594)

The Tempest (1611-1612)

Troilus and Cressida (1601-1602)

Twelfth Night (1599-1600)

Two Gentlemen of Verona (1594-1595)

The Winter's Tale (1610-1611)

 

Histories:

Henry IV, Part I (1597-1598)

Henry IV, Part II (1597-1598)

Henry V (1598-1599)

Henry VI, Part I (1591-1592)

Henry VI, Part II (1590-1591)

Henry VI, Part III (1590-1591)

Henry VIII (1612-1613)

King John (1596-1597)

Richard II (1595-1596)

Richard III (1592-1593)

 

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Dating of Shakespeare’s plays is not entirely certain. Even when we do know performance dates, that merely gives us the latest possible date of composition, not the earliest date. Scholars do not fully agree on the precise dates of composition or sequence of composition of the plays, but the list below goves one possible way of grouping the plays.


Very Early
The Two Gentlemen of Verona (1589–1591)
The Taming of the Shrew (1590–1591)
Henry VI, Part 2 (1590–1591)
Henry VI, Part 3 (1590–1591)
Henry VI, Part 1 (1592)
Titus Andronicus (1592)
Richard III (1592-1593)
Edward III[26] (1594)
The Comedy of Errors (1594)
Love's Labour's Lost (1594–1595)
Love's Labour's Won (1595-1596)
Richard II (1595)

Early
Romeo and Juliet (1595)
A Midsummer Night's Dream (1595)
The Life and Death of King John (1596)
The Merchant of Venice (1596)
Henry IV, Part 1 (1596-1597)
The Merry Wives of Windsor (1597-1598)
Henry IV, Part 2 (1596–1597)
Much Ado About Nothing (1598-1599)
Henry V (1598-1599)
Julius Caesar (1599)

Middle:
As You Like It (1599-1600)
Hamlet (1599–1601)
Twelfth Night (1601)
Troilus and Cressida (1602)
Measure for Measure (1603–1604)
Othello (1603–1604)
King Lear (1605–1606)
Timon of Athens (1605–1606)
Macbeth (1606)
Antony and Cleopatra (1606)
All's Well That Ends Well (1606–1607)
Pericles, Prince of Tyre (1607)

Late:
Coriolanus (1608)
The Winter's Tale (1609–1610)
Cymbeline (1610–1611)
The Tempest (1610–1611)
Cardenio (1612–1613)
Henry VIII, or All is True (1613)
The Two Noble Kinsmen (1613)

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