Here's What Actually Happens In Shakespeare's Most Famous Plays

04/02/2015 09:21 am ET | Updated Apr 02, 2015

"I wasted time, and now time doth waste me" need not apply to your procrastination habits. If you're in need of a quick Shakespeare refresher (say, before watching a modern-day adaptation), consulting a timeline of how events unfolded could come in hand. Does Titania fall in love with Bottom before or after the fairy king bewitches her with a potion? How exactly, do the final moments of Romeo and Juliet's love affair transpire? Obviously the Bard is worthy of a close read, but the below timelines from The Shakespeare Book are a fun refresher.

To relive your high school English class days, reacquaint yourself with the events of Shakespeare's famous plays:

  • Hamlet
  • King Lear
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • Romeo and Juliet
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