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

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