A history play, also 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 of these plays, each loosely based on an English monarch and the period in which he reigned. Importantly, these plays remain works of fiction, whether based on an historical figure or not. This page contains a curated selection of history play resources. – Justin Cash

Excellent article for students of theatre about the characteristics of a Shakespearean play in this genre and the differences to other Shakespearean dramas with historical settings.

Comprehensive article detailing the origins of the genre and its development through the centuries.

Useful article from Encyclopaedia Britannica about the chronicle play through history.

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

Interesting article on Shakespeare’s plays of this genre.