Complete Chronology of Shakespeare's Works
Plus Plot Summaries & RSC Staging History 1690-2007
Staging Histories : A Key
- Listings give year of opening, theatre building, name of director(s), designer, other key artists (e.g. lighting, music), and cast list of actors in substantial parts.
Aldwych – proscenium-arch theatre in London's West End that was chief home for RSC productions in the capital from the early 1960s to early 1980s.
Barbican – theatre in arts complex in the city district of London, designed with the RSC in mind and their London base from 1982-2002, when vacated because of its distance from the centre of theatrical life in the capital and a dislike of the space on the part of directors and actors.
Courtyard – temporary theatre, with open thrust stage like that of the Swan, but much larger audience capacity (over 1000); principal home to the RSC during period of Complete Works Festival and subsequent closure of RST for redevelopment (summer 2006 to summer 2010).
Pit – intimate studio theatre in basement of Barbican, used for London transfers of small-scale work.
RST – Royal Shakespeare Theatre, the RSC's main home in Stratford-upon-Avon, large proscenium-arch theatre built in the 1930s and used until closed for redevelopment in April 2007. Audience capacity about 1300.
Swan – medium-size indoor theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, with open thrust stage, based on the principles of the Elizabethan courtyard theatre for which Shakespeare wrote. Audience capacity about 550, creating strong sense of intimacy that makes it a space much loved by both actors and audiences.
Theatregoround – project to bring small-scale work to schools audiences
TOP – The Other Place, very intimate studio theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, for experimental work, with maximum audience capacity of about 150.
Various other transfers (e.g. to other London theatres such as the Gielgud, Haymarket, Novello and Roundhouse, and international venues) are also indicated.
|1589-91||Arden of Faversham (possible part authorship)|
|1589-92||The Taming of the Shrew|
|1591||The Second Part of Henry the Sixth, originally called The First Part of the Contention betwixt the Two Famous Houses of York and Lancaster (element of co-authorship possible)|
|1591||The Third Part of Henry the Sixth, originally called The True Tragedy of Richard Duke of York (element of co-authorship probable)|
|1591-2||The Two Gentlemen of Verona|
|1591-2/ perhaps revised 1594||The Lamentable Tragedy of Titus Andronicus (probably co-written with, or revising an earlier version by, George Peele)|
|1592||The First Part of Henry the Sixth, probably with Thomas Nashe and others|
|1592 / 1594||King Richard the Third|
|1593||Venus and Adonis (poem)|
|1593-94||The Rape of Lucrece (poem)|
|1593-1608||Sonnets (154 poems, published 1609 with A Lover's Complaint, a poem of disputed authorship)|
|1592-94 / 1600-1603||Sir Thomas More (a single scene for a play originally by Anthony Munday, with other revisions by Henry Chettle, Thomas Dekker and Thomas Heywood)|
|1594||The Comedy of Errors|
|1595||Love's Labour's Lost|
|1595-97||Love's Labour's Won (a lost play, unless the original title for another comedy)|
|1595-96||A Midsummer Night's Dream|
|1595-96||The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet|
|1595-96||King Richard the Second|
|1595-97||The Life and Death of King John (possibly earlier)|
|1596-97||The Merchant of Venice|
|1596-97||The First Part of Henry the Fourth|
|1597-98||The Second Part of Henry the Fourth|
|1598||Much Ado about Nothing|
|1598-99||The Passionate Pilgrim (20 poems, some not by Shakespeare)|
|1599||The Life of Henry the Fifth|
|1599||'To the Queen' (epilogue for a court performance)|
|1599||As You Like It|
|1599||The Tragedy of Julius Caesar|
|1600-01||The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark (perhaps revising an earlier version)|
|1600-01||The Merry Wives of Windsor (perhaps revising version of 1597-9)|
|1601||'Let the Bird of Loudest Lay' (poem, known since 1807 as 'The Phoenix and Turtle' (turtle-dove))|
|1601||Twelfth Night, or What You Will|
|1601-02||The Tragedy of Troilus and Cressida|
|1604||The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice|
|1604||Measure for Measure|
|1605||All's Well that Ends Well|
|1605||The Life of Timon of Athens, with Thomas Middleton|
|1605-06||The Tragedy of King Lear|
|1605-08||contribution to The Four Plays in One (lost, except for A Yorkshire Tragedy, mostly by Thomas Middleton)|
|1606||The Tragedy of Macbeth (surviving text has additional scenes by Thomas Middleton)|
|1606-07||The Tragedy of Antony and Cleopatra|
|1608||The Tragedy of Coriolanus|
|1608||Pericles, Prince of Tyre, with George Wilkins|
|1610||The Tragedy of Cymbeline|
|1611||The Winter's Tale|
|1612-13||Cardenio, with John Fletcher (survives only in later adaptation called Double Falsehood by Lewis Theobald)|
|1613||Henry VIII (All is True), with John Fletcher|
|1613-14||The Two Noble Kinsmen, with John Fletcher|