William Shakespeare

There is no doubt that Mr Shakespeare is the greatest writer of modern English to date – his plays have been made into movies, his sonnets have appeared in books and music, and his works translated in to hundreds of different languages. His contribution to the English language is probably larger than that of anyone else.

Let's have a short review of William Shakespeare's Top 10 dramas.




Written between 1599 and 1601, this play recounts how Prince Hamlet exacts revenge on his uncle Claudius, who murdered the King, takes the throne and marries Hamlet’s mother. “Hamlet” is Shakespeare’s longest play and among the most powerful and influential tragedies in the English language. During his lifetime the play was one of Shakespeare’s most popular works and it still ranks high among his most-performed.

Romeo and Juliet

2、Romeo and Juliet

This play is an early tragedy about two teenage “star-crossed lovers” whose “untimely deaths” ultimately unite their feuding households. The play has been highly praised by literary critics for its language and dramatic effect. It was among Shakespeare’s most popular plays during his lifetime and, along with “Hamlet” is one of his most frequently performed plays.

Henry V

3、Henry V

Believed to be written in 1599, it’s based on the life of King Henry V of England and focuses on events immediately before and after the Battle of Agincourt during the Hundred Year’s War. The play is the final part of a tetralogy, preceded by “Richard II,” “Henry IV, Part 1″ and “Henry IV, Part 2.”

Midsummer Night’s Dream

4、Midsummer Night’s Dream

This romantic comedy was written sometime in the 1590′s and portrays the adventures of four young Athenian lovers. The play is one of Shakespeare’s most popular works for the stage and is widely performed across the world.



This is among the best-known of Shakespeare’s plays and is his shortest tragedy, believed to have been written between 1603 and 1606. It is frequently performed at both amateur and professional levels and has been adapted for opera, film, stage and screen. Often regarded as archetypal, the play tells of the dangers of the lust for power and the betrayal of friends.

Richard III

6、Richard III

The play is an unflattering depiction of the short reign of Richard III of England and is believed to have been written in approximately 1591. The play is sometimes classified as a tragedy; but it more correctly belongs to the histories. After Hamlet it is Shakespeare’s second longest play. 

Julius Caesar

7、Julius Caesar

This tragedy is believed to have been written in 1599. It portrays the conspiracy against the Roman dictator of the same name, his assassination and its aftermath. It is one of several Roman plays that Shakespeare wrote, based on true events from Roman history. Although the title of the play is “Julius Caesar,” Caesar is not the central character in its action. The protagonist of the play is Marcus Brutus and the central psychological drama is his struggle between the conflicting demands of honor, patriotism and friendship. 

Twelfth Night or What You Will

8、Twelfth Night or What You Will

This play is named after the Twelfth Night holiday of the Christmas season. It was written around 1601 and first published in the First Folio in 1623. Like many of Shakespeare’s comedies, this one centers on mistaken identity.

The Taming of the Shrew

9、The Taming of the Shrew

This comedy is believed to have been written between 1590 and 1594. The Taming of the Shrew revolves around the troubled relationship between Katharina and her suitor, Petruchio, who is determined to mold Katharina into a suitable wife. The play has been adapted numerous times for opera, stage, screen and musical theatre.

Othello, The Moor of Venice

10、Othello, The Moor of Venice

This tragedy is believed to have been written in approximately 1603. The work revolves around four central characters: Othello, his wife Desdemona, his lieutenant Cassio and his trusted advisor Iago. Because of its varied themes — racism, love, jealousy and betrayal — it remains relevant to the present day and is often performed in professional and community theatres alike.