Evidently not the son of a bricklayer, Thomas Middleton came from a well-to-do London family and entered Gray's Inn in 1593 and Queen's College Oxford in 1598 at the age of 18; by 1602 he was pursuing a career in the theater, writing for several companies and collaborating with Rowley, Munday, Drayton, Webster, and Dekker. He also wrote pageants and masques for the City of London. Middleton's objections to the Spanish Marriage led to a summons before the Privy Council and a ban on performing A Game of Chess.
The wisdome of Solomon paraphrased. 1597.
Micro-cynicon: sixe snarling satyres. 1599.
The ghost of Lucrece. 1600.
Blurt master-constable. 1602.
The ant and the nightengale: or Father Hubburds tales. 1604.
The blacke book. 1604.
The honest whore. 1604.
The magnificent entertainment. 1604.
Michaelmass terme. 1607.
The phoenix. 1607.
The familie of love. 1608.
A mad world, my masters. 1608.
A tricke to catch the olde one. 1608.
Your five gallants. 1608?
Sir Robert Shirley ... a royal entertainment. 1609.
The roaring girle: or Moll Cut-purse. 1611.
The manner of his Lordships entertainment on Michaelmas day last. 1613.
The triumphs of truth. 1613.
Civitatis amor, the cities love: an entertainment. 1616.
A faire quarrell. 1617.
The triumphs of honour and industry. 1617.
The peace-maker: or Great Brittaines blessing. 1618.
The Inner-Temple masque: or masque of heroes. 1619.
The triumph of love and antiquity. 1619.
The mariage of the Old and New Testament. 1620.
A courtly masque: the device called the World tost at tennis. 1620.
Honorable entertainments, compos'd for the service of this noble cittie. 1621.
The sun in Aries: a noble solemnity. 1621.
An invention performed for the service of the Right Honorable Edward Barkham, Lord Mayor. 1622.
The triumphs of honor and virtue. 1622.
A game at chess. 1625.
The triumphs of health and prosperity. 1626.
A chast mayd in Cheape-side: a pleasant conceited comedy. 1630.
The widdow: a comedie. 1652.
The changeling. 1653.
The Spanish gipsie. 1653.
The excellent comedy call the Old law. 1656.
No wit like a womans: a comedy. 1657.
Two new plays: viz More dissemblers besides women, Women beware women. 1657.
The Mayor of Quinborough: a comedy. 1661.
Any thing for a quiet life: a comedy. 1662.
A tragi-coomodie called the Witch. 1778.
Works, ed. A. H. Bullen. 8 vols, 1885-86.