How Many Plays Did Shakespeare Write?

How many plays did Shakespeare write? Good question, and a simple on you might think, but the truth is it’s a question with no certain answer! Here’s why:

  • There are 37 plays Shakespeare definitely wrote
  • At least 1 ‘lost’ play (a play found after Shakespeare’s death that’s been attributed to him, e.g. Cardenio)
  • Potentially 1 or more miss-attributed plays (plays that have been attributed to someone other than Shakespeare that  some academics feel may have bee written by Shakespeare, e.g. Double Falsehood)
  • A number of plays that Shakespeare may have collaborated on with other writers (e.g. Henry VII and The Two Noble Kinsmen).


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  1. Olivia
    Olivia says:

    Thank you for clarifying that. I had looked up on other websites for the exact number of plays Shakespeare had written, some said 37 and some said 38 so I wasn’t sure. Then I saw your website, and I thought, well I guess that settles it. Thanks again, I was pretty confused.


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