How Many Plays Did Shakespeare Write Altogether?

How Many Plays Did Shakespeare Write Altogether?
How Many Plays Did Shakespeare Write Altogether?. Photo © NYPL Digital Gallery

How Many Plays Did Shakespeare Write Altogether?

Altogether, Shakespeare wrote 39 plays – if you include the recently attributed Double Falsehood. After many years of research, Arden Shakespeare published this play under the name William Shakespeare in 2010.

It will take time for Double Falsehood to be fully incorporated and accepted into the Shakespeare canon, which means that it is generally accepted that Shakespeare wrote 38 plays in total.

The total number of plays is periodically revised and often disputed.

Our list of Shakespeare plays brings together all 38 plays in the order in which they were first performed. You can also read our study guides for the Bard’s most popular plays.