Shakespeare's plays, listed by number of words

Total words in all plays: 836,005
Total plays: 38
Average per play: 22,000

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.

Words Speeches Play Genre Year
30,557 1,250 The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark Tragedy 1600-1
29,278 1,224 History of Richard III History 1592-3
27,589 1,240 The Tragedy of Coriolanus Tragedy 1608
27,565 979 Cymbeline, King of Britain Tragedy 1610-11
26,450 1,309 The Tragedy of Othello; or, The Moor of Venice Tragedy 1603-4
26,145 1,181 The Tragedy of King Lear Tragedy 1610
26,119 853 History of Henry V History 1598-9
26,089 1,301 Troilus and Cressida Tragedy 1602
25,689 987 History of Henry IV, Part II History 1597-8
25,439 921 History of Henry VI, Part II History 1591
24,914 814 The Winter's Tale Comedy 1609-10
24,905 1,361 Antony and Cleopatra Tragedy 1606
24,629 788 History of Henry VIII History 1613
24,579 884 History of Henry IV, Part I History 1596-7
24,553 990 The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet Tragedy 1595
24,294 949 History of Henry VI, Part III History 1590-2
23,009 1,034 All's Well That Ends Well Comedy 1606-7
22,423 636 History of Richard II History 1595
21,845 1,163 The Merry Wives of Windsor Comedy 1597-8
21,780 987 Measure for Measure Comedy 1603-4
21,690 872 As You Like It Comedy 1599-1600
21,607 787 History of Henry VI, Part I History 1592
21,459 1,123 Love's Labour's Lost Comedy 1594-5
21,291 722 The Merchant of Venice Comedy 1596-7
21,157 1,062 Much Ado About Nothing Comedy 1598-9
21,055 965 The Taming of the Shrew Comedy 1590-1
20,772 621 History of King John History 1596
20,743 662 Titus Andronicus Tragedy 1592
19,837 1,031 Twelfth Night; or, What You Will Comedy 1601
19,703 895 The Tragedy of Julius Caesar Tragedy 1599
18,529 756 Pericles, Prince of Tyre History 1607
18,216 870 The Tragedy of Timon of Athens Tragedy 1606
17,129 943 The Two Gentlemen of Verona Comedy 1589-91
17,121 765 The Tragedy of Macbeth Tragedy 1606
16,633 702 The Tempest Comedy 1610-11
16,511 605 A Midsummer Night's Dream Comedy 1595
14,701 664 The Comedy of Errors Comedy 1592-4
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