History Play Resources

A history play (sometimes known as a chronicle play) is a dramatic work where the events of the plot are either partially or entirely drawn from history. It is also considered a theatrical genre. William Shakespeare wrote ten history plays, each focusing on an English monarch and the period in which he reigned. – Justin Cash

Drama Online Excellent academic article detailing the origins and characteristics of the history play.

Encyclopaedia Britannica Entry on the chronicle play in literature.

TheatreHistory.com Comprehensive discussion about the chronicle play in English theatre history.

TheatreHistory.com Useful analysis of Shakespeare’s Richard II, King John and Henry IV as examples of different types of chronicle plays.

Wikipedia Brief entry describing Shakespeare’s history plays as being those based on the lives of English Kings.


Last updated by Justin Cash