Knack features several passages common to both A Shrew and The Shrew, but it also borrows several passages unique to The Shrew.
This suggests The Shrew was on stage prior to June 1592.
Additional information (publication): there is a general lack of scholarly agreement regarding the exact relationship between the 1594 A Shrew and the 1623 The Shrew.Originally, A Shrew was seen as a non-Shakespearean source for The Shrew, meaning The Shrew must have been completed sometime after . Houk posited the "Ur-Shrew" theory, suggesting that the plays are two completely unrelated texts by different authors based on the same (now lost) source.Furthermore, the discussion between Launce and Speed regarding the vices and virtues of Launce's mistress (3.1.276-359 In his 2008 edition of the play for the Oxford Shakespeare, Roger Warren, following E. First official record: possible version of the play entered into Stationers' Register by Peter Short on as "a booke intituled A plesant Conceyted historie called the Tayminge of a Shrowe." First record of the play as it exists today is found in the First Folio (1623).First published: possible version of the play published in quarto in 1594 as A Pleasant Conceited Historie, called The taming of a Shrew (printed by Peter Short for Cuthbert Burby).Similarly, dates of first publication are often relatively useless in determining a chronology, as roughly half of the plays were not published until seven years after Shakespeare's death, in the First Folio (1623), prepared by John Heminges and Henry Condell, and published by Edward Blount, William Jaggard and Isaac Jaggard.
Performance dates and publication dates are also problematic insofar as many of the plays were performed several years before they were published.Arden presents the plays alphabetically without any attempt to construct an overall chronology.Oxford, Riverside, Norton and RSC all present chronologies which differ from one another and which attempt to construct only approximate dating.For example, Titus Andronicus was performed in 1592, but not published until 1594, Othello was performed in 1604 but not published until 1622, King Lear was performed in 1606 but not published until 1608. Honigmann, who has attempted to push back the beginning of Shakespeare's career four or five years to the mid-1580s, with his "early start" theory.Performance and publication dates can thus be used only to determine terminal dates of composition, with the initial dates often remaining much more speculative. Honigmann argues that Shakespeare began his career with Titus Andronicus in 1586 (the conventional school of thought is that Shakespeare began writing plays upon arriving in London c.1590).Most modern chronologies are based on the work of E. Chambers in "The Problem of Chronology" (1930), published in his book William Shakespeare: A Study of Facts and Problems, Vol. Due to the fragmentary nature of the surviving evidence, there is no such thing as a definitive or precise chronology, nor can there be.