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 The Plays of William Shakespeare published in Folio.


 Use our Fact Sheet for a list of Shakespeare's Folios with dates of publication and lists of plays.

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The First Folio of 1623

Entitled 'Mr William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories & Tragedies Published according to the true originall copies' Published seven years after Shakespeare's death, the First Folio contains 36 of his plays and is considered the most dependable source for at least 20 of the plays of William Shakespeare. None of Shakespeare's Poems were included in the printing.

 

The First Folio contained the following plays:

                                                 1.  The Tempest                                                                   19.  Henry V

                                                 2.  The Two Gentlemen of Verona                        20.  Henry VI Part 1

                                                 3.  The Merry Wives of Windsor                              21.  Henry VI Part 2

                                                 4.  Measure for Measure                                                22.   Henry VI Part 3

                                                 5.  The Comedy of Errors                                              23.   Richard III

                                                 6.  Much Ado About Nothing                                      24.   Henry VIII

                                                 7.  Love's Labour's Lost                                                  25.   Troilus and Cressida

                                                 8.  A Midsummer Night's Dream                             26.  Coriolanus

                                                 9.  The Merchant of Venice                                         27.  Titus Andronicus

                                               10.  As You Like It                                                                 28.  Romeo and Juliet

                                                11.  The Taming of the Shrew                                       29.  Timon of Athens

                                               12.  All's Well That Ends Well                                        30.  Julius Caesar

                                               13.  Twelfth Night                                                                  31.   Macbeth

                                               14.  The Winter's Tale                                                         32.  Hamlet

                                               15.  King John                                                                           33.  King Lear

                                               16.  Richard II                                                                           34.  Othello

                                               17.  Henry IV Part 1                                                               35.  Antony and Cleopatra

                                               18.  Henry IV Part 2                                                              36.  Cymbeline

 

The Second printing of the 1663 Folio included the addition of Pericles.

The 1664 Third Folio added 6 other plays no longer attributed to Shakespeare - Locrine, The London Prodigal, The Puritan, Sir John Oldcastle, Thomas Lord Cromwell and A Yorkshire Tragedy.

The Two Noble Kinsmen was first included amongst Shakespeare's works in the 1679 Beaumont and Fletcher folio publication.

Recently some publishers of the Complete Works have included Edward III as Shakespeare's 39th play.

There are thought to be two lost plays by William Shakespeare that have never been published - Cardenio - (attributed to Shakespeare and Fletcher and performed several times in 1613) and Love's Labour's Won.