History Play

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 history plays, each loosely based on an English monarch and the period in which he reigned. Importantly, history plays remain works of fiction, whether based on an historical figure or not.

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

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

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

Interesting article on Shakespeare’s history plays.

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