Shakespeare Play Summaries/Synopses

Index of Shakespeare Plays

Listed below are links to summaries/synopses of all of Shakespeare's plays in pseudo-alphabetical order; pseudo because they go alphabetically until the history plays, which I have listed in the order that the play's plot takes place in history instead. After the history plays, the listing resumes alphabetically.

These summaries are bare-bones, but most of them are quite detailed covering all major plot developments and most of the characters (33,000 total words, 888 on average per summary).

I wrote these synopses as I read and simultaneously watched the BBC productions of each of these plays between 1995 and 1997. I hope you enjoy them. Full texts of Shakespeare's plays are available from various sites including The Complete Works at MIT and The Collected Works of Shakespeare by Matty Farrow.

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