Undoubtedly, Shakespeare is the most popular writer in English history. His plays have been adapted into motion pictures, his popular sonnets have featured in so many music and books. His work has been translated into many different languages to make them readily available all across the world. His versatility and creative genius is exceeds all level in the field of Literature. So in case you still haven’t read Shakespearean work, go ahead and read these plays.
Composed somewhere around 1599 and 1601, this play recounts how Hamlet avenges on his uncle Claudius, who murdered his father, forcefully snatched the throne and married his mother. The play outlines the course of real and faked frenzy from overpowering misery and fuming rage and investigates themes of deceit, vengeance, incest and corruption. Arguably this is the best Shakespearean work, and even during his time it was the most performed play. To this day this played is performed in different languages with some of the finest actors playing the popular roles.
#4 Romeo and Juliet
This tragedy is one of the most popular works of Shakespeare. It is about two teenagers, deeply in love with each other, who die a tragic death and finally reunite their family who were staunch enemies. This play has received high critical acclamation from critics for its narrative and dramatic style. This was one of the most performed plays during his time, along with Hamlet. This play has inspired movies and music in every generation, most of which have turned out to be great romantic pieces.
#3 Henry V
Composed around 1599, this play depicts the life of King Henry V of England and elaborates the events before and after the Battle of Agincourt during the long war Hundred Years’ War. This play is the part of a tetralogy, the first three being Richard II, Henry IV, part 1 and Henry IV, part 2. The main protagonist of Henry IV plays the role of an unruly and wild prince, known as “Prince Harry” who goes on to become a matured man in Henry V who later successfully conquers France.
#2 A Midsummer Night’s Dream
As much as an expertise in writing tragedy, Shakespeare was a pro in writing comedy too. And this comedy is definitely one of the most popular comedies of all times. It is about the love story of four Athenian lovers, Duke of Athens and his would be queen Hippolyta, some common rustics of Athens and fairies and their magical world. Together they create a hilarious amalgamation of love, confusion and magic. The best part is Puck the mischievous fairy and his antics.
This is one of the most popular Shakespearean play. Being the shortest play of his, it is filled with supernatural elements and gory details. The audience and readers are frightened, at the same time awed by the gruesome details and realistic descriptions presented by Shakespeare. It portrays the lust for power and how it can turn a virtuous person vicious. It is performed by both novice and experts and audience greatly appreciate this play. This is an absolute must read for people who like to read horror fantasy books.