Shakespeare's plays, listed by number of speeches

Total speeches in all plays: 34,896
Total plays: 37
Average per play: 943

Note: A "speech" consists of either words spoken by a character, or a stage direction — anything from a one-word shout to a long soliloquy.

Speeches Words Play Genre Year
1,361 24,905 Antony and Cleopatra Tragedy 1606-7
1,309 26,450 The Tragedy of Othello, Moor of Venice Tragedy 1603-4
1,301 26,089 Troilus and Cressida Tragedy 1602-3
1,250 30,557 The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark Tragedy 1600-1
1,240 27,589 Coriolanus Tragedy 1608
1,224 29,278 History of Richard III History 1592-3
1,181 26,145 The Tragedy of King Lear Tragedy 1605-8
1,163 21,845 The Merry Wives of Windsor Comedy 1597
1,123 21,459 Love's Labour's Lost Comedy 1593-5
1,062 21,157 Much Ado about Nothing Comedy 1598-9
1,034 23,009 All's Well That Ends Well Comedy 1603-5
1,031 19,837 Twelfth Night, Or What You Will Comedy 1599
990 24,553 The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet Tragedy 1594-5
987 25,689 History of Henry IV, Part II History 1597-8
987 21,780 Measure for Measure Comedy 1604
979 27,565 Cymbeline, King of Britain Tragedy 1610-11
965 21,055 The Taming of the Shrew Comedy 1590-3
949 24,294 History of Henry VI, Part III History 1590-2
943 17,129 Two Gentlemen of Verona Comedy 1589-93
921 25,439 History of Henry VI, Part II History 1590-1
895 19,703 The Tragedy of Julius Caesar Tragedy 1599
884 24,579 History of Henry IV, Part I History 1596-7
872 21,690 As You Like It Comedy 1599
870 18,216 The Tragedy of Timon of Athens Tragedy 1604-7
853 26,119 History of Henry V History 1599
814 24,914 The Winter's Tale Comedy 1609-10
788 24,629 History of Henry VIII History 1613
787 21,607 History of Henry VI, Part I History 1591-2
765 17,121 The Tragedy of Macbeth Tragedy 1606
756 18,529 Pericles, Prince of Tyre History 1608-9
722 21,291 The Merchant of Venice Comedy 1596-7
702 16,633 The Tempest Comedy 1610-11
664 14,701 The Comedy of Errors Comedy 1592-4
662 20,743 Titus Andronicus Tragedy 1590-1
636 22,423 History of Richard II History 1594-6
621 20,772 History of King John History 1594-6
605 16,511 A Midsummer Night's Dream Comedy 1594-5
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