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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 (34)
  2. Romeo and Juliet (32)
  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. The Taming of the Shrew (19)
  10. Much Ado About Nothing (19)
  11. The Tempest (19)
  12. Richard III (18)
  13. Macbeth (18)
  14. Julius Caesar (15, plus one conflation)
  15. Othello (15)
  16. Two Gentlemen of Verona (15)
  17. The Winter's Tale (14)
  18. Merry Wives of Windsor (14)
  19. Measure for Measure (14)
  20. Love's Labours Lost (14)
  21. Antony and Cleopatra (13, plus one conflation)
  22. Henry IV, Part 1 (12, plus four conflations)
  23. Henry V (11, 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. Titus Andronicus (8)
  29. Richard II (7, plus one conflation)
  30. Cymbeline (7)
  31. Timon of Athens (6)
  32. King John (6)
  33. Troilus and Cressida (6)
  34. Henry VI, Part 1 (5, plus three conflations)
  35. Two Noble Kinsmen (5)
  36. Henry VI, Part 2 (4, plus three conflations)
  37. Henry VI, Part 3 (4, plus three conflations)
  38. Henry VIII (3)
  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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