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Even when exact performance dates are known, nothing conclusive can be said about when each play was written.
Further complicating the matter is the fact that many of Shakespeare's plays exist in multiple editions, making it even more difficult to determine when the authoritative versions were completed.
Far from just being good mouse catchers, cats during the life of William Shakespeare were also profitable members of several economic industries including the work of medical apothecaries and the perfume industry.
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The exact order of the composition and performances of Shakespeare’s plays is difficult to prove—and therefore often disputed.
The dates listed below are approximate and are based on the general consensus of when the plays were first performed: The chronology of Shakespeare's plays remains a matter of some scholarly debate.
Nevertheless, there is strong evidence that some of Shakespeare's plays were collaborations.
In 2016, a group of scholars performed an analysis of all three parts of "Henry VI" and came to the conclusion that the play includes the work of Christopher Marlowe.
Subsequent scholars, however, have dismissed this theory, and the current consensus is that Shakespeare—the man born in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1564—did in fact write all of the plays that bear his name.Future editions of the play published by Oxford University Press will credit Marlowe as co-author.Another play, "The Two Noble Kinsmen," was co-written with John Fletcher, who also worked with Shakespeare on the lost play "Cardenio." Some scholars believe that Shakespeare may have also collaborated with George Peele, an English dramatist and poet; George Wilkins, an English dramatist and inn-keeper; and Thomas Middleton, a successful author of numerous stage works, including comedies, tragedies, and pageants.Modern scholarly editions of the play contain material from multiple sources.Another controversial question regarding Shakespeare's bibliography is whether the Bard actually authored all of the plays assigned to his name.