Plays Hamlet 1603 A son avenges his father's murder, but his madness and indecision takes its toll on everyone Julius Caesar 1599 A classic tale of power and betrayal which follows the conspiracy and aftermath of the assassination of Julius Caesar. Macbeth 1606 A tragedy on the effects of political ambition and the pursuit of power. The Merchant of Venice 1596-1599 Shakespearean comedy set in Venice and Belmont, focusing on friendship, love and racial tension A Midsummer Night's Dream 1600 A romantic comedy play centered in a forest with the fairies controlling and manipulating Athenian lovers. Othello 1603 A play about jealousy and deception, following Iago as he attempts to destroy the life of Othello, a celebrated war general. Richard II 1595 A play about the defeat of King Richard II and the rise of his cousin King Henry IV. Richard III 1592 A play narrating the story of malicious Richard, Edward IV’s younger brother, and his skilful deception of everyone around him in his attempt to overthrow his older brother and become king. Romeo and Juliet 1591-1595 One of Shakespeare’s most famous tragedies – the love story between Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet, hindered by the hatred between their families. The Tempest 1611 On a remote island, sorcerer Prospero, rightful Duke of Milan, plots to take revenge against his family and restore his rightful dukedom using illusion and skilful manipulation. Twelfth Night 1601-1602 Comedy that revolves around the misunderstandings of love and sexual attraction and that explores cross-dressing and the concept of gender. Winter's Tale 1611 Polixenes, King of Bohemia, has been on a nine-month visit to the court of his childhood friend Leontes, King of Sicilia, and his wife, Queen Hermione. Groundlessly, Leontes becomes convinced that his heavily pregnant wife has been having an affair with Polixenes. He tries to persuade his most trusted courtier, Camillo, to poison Polixenes. Convinced of the queen's innocence, Camillo warns Polixenes and they depart for Bohemia together.