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.