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Top 20 Shakespeare Plays

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Hamlet Report Abuse
One of the most popular stories ever written and translated into over 80 languages comes a tale of tragedy, of murder and of revenge.
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Macbeth Report Abuse
116 points - added 9 years ago by writershire - 5 comments
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I never really liked MacBeth but now years later it has grown on me. It is worthy of being in the top 5 and it is closer to Hamlet (almost as good) than I ever thought it could be. It also helps that it is shorter than many of Shakespeare's plays. I sometimes perform in community theatre and this coming fall I may actually audition for the Scottish Play. Lady MacBeth is a great character- so evil but thinks everything through and in a way is tougher than MacBeth.
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Very exciting and gripping
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I love this play I studied it at school and found it really exciting!!!
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Even though the main plot in this play is about murder, I still find it less disturbing than Hamlet. I throughly enjoy Hamlet though, he cracks me up. :P
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this is too underrated. I like it better than Hamlet.
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King Lear Report Abuse
The great tragic tale of the elderly king and his daughters.
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Othello Report Abuse
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Romeo and Juliet Report Abuse
87 points - added 9 years ago by writershire - 4 comments
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Really good
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Very sad I don't like it!
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Over-rated garbage. Very little works, and you never feel like they love eachother. Instead, they TELL you that they're in love. This is Nicholas Sparks-level writing, people. Mercutio was the only really good character I remember.
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Good lord. Romeo and Juliet is so overrated it's ridiculous. Everyone just knows it because it's the only play consistently read in high school English classes, for the sole reason teacher's think students will identify with teenagers in love who have issues with their parents. How do MacBeth, Othello, and King Lear not make this list? Not to mention, to a lesser degree, Henry IV parts 1 or 2. Thumbs way down
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Richard III Report Abuse
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Julius Caesar Report Abuse
80 points - added 9 years ago by writershire - 1 comment
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Good and very nice play
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Henry V Report Abuse
75 points - added 9 years ago by writershire - 1 comment
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Think it is good
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Twelfth Night Report Abuse
71 points - added 9 years ago by writershire - 1 comment
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By far my favorite of Shakespeare's comedies. So well-written, and with so many memorable characters.
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The Merchant of Venice Report Abuse
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Much Ado About Nothing Report Abuse
Arguably Shakespeare’s best comedy. The combination of hilarious mocking quips and the primary theme of love makes this play an memorable masterpiece.
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The original romcom. Hilarious.
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Coriolanus Report Abuse
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A Midsummer Night's Dream Report Abuse
Far from the tragedy of Hamlet, this is a comedy that mixes four plots interchangeably, thus blurring the line between what is real and what is not.
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The Tempest Report Abuse
A classic tale of adventure that delves into revenge, romance, and comedy—all of which driven by magic and the supernatural.
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Titus Andronicus Report Abuse
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Easily one of Shakespeare's most underrated plays. The brutality in and of itself is simply amazing in it's scope.
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Antony and Cleopatra Report Abuse
55 points - added 9 years ago by writershire - 2 comments
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Boring
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This is ranked too low. I have Antony & Cleopatra in my top 5. Greatest love story in literature, including Romeo & Juliet.
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As You Like It Report Abuse
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Henry IV Part I Report Abuse
Great coming of age story.
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Measure for Measure Report Abuse
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Taming of the Shrew Report Abuse
One of Shakespeare's more fast-paced plays, The Taming of the Shrew is funny, lusty, down-to-earth and kind of preposterous.
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Winter's Tale Report Abuse
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All's Well That Ends Well Report Abuse
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Richard II Report Abuse
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Loves Labour's Lost Report Abuse
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Cymbeline Report Abuse
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The Comedy of Errors Report Abuse
15 points - added 9 years ago by writershire - 1 comment
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HILARIOUS
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Two Gentlemen of Verona Report Abuse
15 points - added 9 years ago by writershire - 2 comments
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Mediocre at its best, justifying and forgiving rape at it's worst, it is well deserving of it's title as Shakespeare's worst play.
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This play is marvelously underrated and is all in all a fantastic play. Though the ending is a little iffy, the plot is captivating and well written.
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Timon of Athens Report Abuse
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