The Plays

Read the First FolioThere are 36 plays in the First Folio, half of which had never been published before 1623. This means that this book is the first source for many of Shakespeare’s most famous works.

All those plays, published for the first time in the First Folio, are in bold in the full list below.

Dr Emma Smith talks about many of the plays in a series of free podcasts, Approaching Shakespeare, which you can listen to online or download.
"Principall Actors"

of the ſeuerall Comedies, Hiſtories, and Tragedies
contained in this Volume.


  • The Tempest
  • The Two Gentlemen of Verona
  • The Merry Wives of Windsor
  • Measure for Measure
  • The Comedy of Errors
  • Much Ado About Nothing
  • Love’s Labour’s Lost
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • The Merchant of Venice
  • As You Like It
  • The Taming of the Shrew
  • All’s Well That Ends Well
  • Twelfth Night
  • The Winter’s Tale


  • King John
  • Richard II
  • Henry IV, Part 1
  • Henry IV, Part 2
  • Henry V
  • Henry VI, Part 1
  • Henry VI, Part 2
  • Henry VI, Part 3
  • Richard III
  • Henry VIII


  • Troilus and Cressida
  • Coriolanus
  • Titus Andronicus
  • Romeo and Juliet
  • Timon of Athens
  • Julius Caesar
  • Macbeth
  • Hamlet
  • King Lear
  • Othello
  • Antony and Cleopatra
  • Cymbeline

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