Plays by Year & Genre
Shakespeare's plays were not evenly distributed by genre across his career. The color-coding below reveals how he wrote primarily comedies and histories in his early years. As he matured he wrote more tragedies and tragicomedies. The First Folio, published after Shakespeare's death, divided his plays into comedies, histories and tragedies. Future scholars labeled some of his later comedies as tragicomedies. Some tragicomedies are called problem plays because they explore serious social, psychological and moral issues, and some are called romances because they include spectacle, magic or mysticism. Some do both. The dates are approximate. For more on the events, see Shakespeare's Timelines.
Comedies Histories Tragedies Tragicomedies