Reading Order

When I decided to tackle reading (or re-reading) Shakespeare’s plays, I did not want to read them chronologically, so I searched for another suggested reading order. Thanks to Jon Aquino’s blog entry that led me to Tue Sorensen’s article “An Overview of Shakespeare’s Work and a Few Words of Advice for the New Reader.” Here I found a reading order that makes sense to me that I will use here. I plan to read the plays in this order, however I’ll blog about productions I see and films I watch in whatever order they come up.

Romeo and Juliet

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Much Ado About Nothing

Love’s Labour’s Lost

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

The Comedy of Errors

The Taming of the Shrew

King John

Edward III

Richard II

Henry IV part I

The Merry Wives of Windsor

Henry IV part II

Henry V

HenryVI part I

HenryVI part II

HenryVI part III

Richard III

Titus Andronicus

The Merchant of Venice

Julius Caesar

Antony and Cleopatra


Twelfth Night

As You Like It


King Lear


The Tempest

All’s Well That Ends Well

Measure For Measure

Troilus and Cressida

Henry VIII

The Two Noble Kinsmen

Timon of Athens

The Winter’s Tale

Pericles, Prince of Tyre




  1. Kirk said,

    I have what is titled The Complete works of Shakespeare, but it is missing The Two Noble Kinsmen and Edward III. I also reviewed a few websites of complete works and they also don’t include those two. Any idea why?

  2. Craig Howey said,

    Hello! I know this an older post, but I am curious to know what you thought of this reading order since I’m looking for a good reading order. How did you like it? Would you rearrange anything?


    • orwhatyouwill said,

      Hi, the reading order makes good sense to me! I did not get very far with my blogging project, but really would like to get back to it. Best wishes!

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