Shakespeare probably began to write for the stage in the late 1580s, and, as far as we can tell, he started with the Henry VI trilogy. For more information about Shakespeare's play chronology, and an answer to why we cannot tell exactly which play he wrote first, please visit my play chronology section.
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Mabillard, Amanda. Shakespeare's First Play. Shakespeare Online. 20 Aug. 2000. (date when you accessed the information) < http://www.shakespeare-online.com/faq/firstplay.html >.