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Shakespeare Productions Seen: The Ranking

Often I'm asked, which Shakespeare play have I seen most often? The answer has more to do with prevalence of a play's production than my own personal favorites, because I will see any Shakespeare production I can get to. Thus, the following list isn't ranked according to my personal preferences but the general public's preferences (or, at least, those of theater impresarios). This list is only stage productions, not films or television broadcasts, but in the case of a tie I consider screen versions I've seen as a tiebreaker.

The order of this list will alter over time, I'm sure. Number of productions seen per play is in parenthesis.

  1. A Midsummer Night's Dream (32)
  2. Romeo and Juliet (31)
  3. Twelfth Night (27)
  4. Hamlet (25)
  5. King Lear (20)
  6. The Comedy of Errors (20)
  7. Merchant of Venice (20)
  8. As You Like It (20)
  9. Much Ado About Nothing (19)
  10. The Taming of the Shrew (18)
  11. The Tempest (18)
  12. Richard III (17)
  13. Macbeth (17)
  14. Othello (15)
  15. Julius Caesar (14, plus one conflation)
  16. Two Gentlemen of Verona (14)
  17. The Winter's Tale (14)
  18. Merry Wives of Windsor (14)
  19. Measure for Measure (14)
  20. Antony and Cleopatra (13, plus one conflation)
  21. Love's Labours Lost (13)
  22. Henry IV, Part 1 (12, plus four conflations)
  23. Henry V (10, plus two conflations)
  24. Henry IV, Part 2 (9, plus four conflations)
  25. Coriolanus (9, plus one conflation)
  26. Pericles (8)
  27. All's Well that Ends Well (8)
  28. Richard II (7, plus one conflation)
  29. Titus Andronicus (7)
  30. Cymbeline (7)
  31. Timon of Athens (6)
  32. King John (6)
  33. Henry VI, Part 1 (5, plus two conflations)
  34. Troilus and Cressida (5)
  35. Two Noble Kinsmen (5)
  36. Henry VI, Part 2 (4, plus two conflations)
  37. Henry VI, Part 3 (4, plus two conflations)
  38. Henry VIII (2)
  39. Edward III (2)
  40. Arden of Faversham (2)
  41. Cardenio (aka Double Falsehood) (1)
  42. Sonnets (1)
  43. Venus and Adonis (1)
  44. The Rape of Lucrece (1)

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