List of Shakespeare Productions
I’m an opportunist. I don’t care about the play’s title or who is in it; if I have an affordable opportunity to see Shakespeare, I do so. If we’re on vacation and discover some Shakespeare at the destination or en route, we order tickets.
With that in mind, this list is revealing in two ways. One, it represents through my experience what titles tend to be most often produced over the past 30 years.
Two, it proves to be a treasure of Hollywood who’s who, most of whom were “who?” back when. Certainly, some actors were already headlining stars when I saw them in London (Vanessa Redgrave, Timothy Dalton) or in the United States (Lynn Redgrave, Al Pacino). Many more were my favorite stage actors in England but largely unrecognized outside the theaters. Long before they became internationally known as Lord Voldemort, Snape, Captain Picard, Ghandi, Dr. Octopus, Kenneth Branagh, and Judi Dench, they first impressed me as Romeo, Jaques, Enobarbus, Ford, Hastings, Petruchio, Navarre, and Judi Dench.
Keys to this list: Sarah and I have kept most of our tickets, so most productions going back to 1990 are listed with specific dates (some theaters don’t date their tickets). The listed productions from the 1980s don’t always have specific dates because I could rely only on playbills and programs (my parents kept some of the tickets of plays they attended with me). As for the 1970s, the only programs I have are those plays I attended with my parents in England; the rest are memories.
For the casts, I list only the principals, but include lesser roles when their portrayals were particularly memorable.
Click on the play title to see the productions. Productions since 2009 are further described in the On Stage section of this website.
All's Well That End's Well
Antony and Cleopatra
- Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, England
December 1978. Directed by Peter Brook: Glenda Jackson (Cleopatra), Alan Howard (Antony), Patrick Stewart (Enobarbus), Richard Griffiths (Messenger, Clown), Jonathan Pryce (Octavius), Alan Rickman (Alexas, Thidias).
- Theatre Royal Haymarket, London, England
June 1986. Directed by Toby Roberts and Christopher Selbie (in repertoire with Taming of the Shrew): Vanessa Redgrave (Cleopatra), Timothy Dalton (Antony), Ken Bones (Octavius), Robert O'Mahoney (Enobarbus).
- National Theatre, Olivier Theatre, London, England
1987. Directed by Peter Hall: Judi Dench (Cleopatra), Anthony Hopkins (Antony), Tim Pigott-Smith (Octavius), Michael Bryant (Enobarbus), Miranda Foster (Charmian), Helen Fitzgerald (Iras), David Schofield (Pompey).
- Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Festival Stage, Montgomery, Ala.
July 4, 1998. Directed by Kent Thompson: Greta Lambert (Cleopatra), John Woodson (Antony), Harry Carnahan (Octavius), Greg Thornton (Enobarbus), Melissa Maxwell (Charmian), Elizabeth Long (Iras), Alvin J. Keith Jr. (Mardian).
- Atlanta Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare Tavern, Atlanta, Ga.
November 18, 2000. Directed by Jeff Watkins: Jeffrey Watkins (Antony), Agnes Lucinda Harty (Cleopatra), David Harrell (Octavius), Maurice Ralston (Enobarbus), Jen Apgar (Charmian), Jennifer Akin (Iras, Octavia).
- Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park, Ellicott City, Md.
June 8, 2013. Directed by Ralph Alan Cohen: Matt Radford Davies (Antony), Isabelle Anderson (Cleopatra), Patrick Kilpatrick (Octavius), Eric Humphries (Soothsayer, Messenger, Pompey, Dolabella), Kevin Costa (Enobarbus).
- Royal Shakespeare Company, The Anspacher at The Public Theater, New York, N.Y.
March 1, 2014. Directed by Tarell Alvin McCraney: Jonathan Cake (Antony), Joaquina Kalukango (Cleopatra), Samuel Collings (Octavius), Chukwudi Iwuji (Enobarbus), Charise Castro Smith (Iras, Octavia), Sarah Niles (Charmian, Menas).
- Stratford Festival, Tom Patterson Theatre, Stratford, Ontario
August 26, 2014. Directed by Gary Griffin: Yanna McIntosh (Cleopatra), Geraint Wyn Davies (Antony), Ben Carlson (Octavius), Tom McCamus (Enobarbus) Sophia Walker (Charmian), Carmen Grant (Octavia), Peter Hutt (Agrippa), Sean Arbuckle (Mecenas).
- American Shakespeare Center, Blackfriars Playhouse, Staunton, Virginia
September 19, 2015. Directed by Jim Warren: Sarah Fallon (Cleopatra), James Keegan (Antony), Gregory Jon Phelps (Octavius), Rick Blunt (Enobarbus), Abbi Hawk (Charmian), Stephanie Holladay Earl (Iras, Octavia), John Harrell (Mardian, Scarus, Thidias).
- Brave Spirits Theatre, The Lab at Convergence, Alexandria, Virginia
September 16, 2016. Directed by Charlene V. Smith: Joe Carlson (Antony), Jessica Lefkow (Cleopatra), Brendan McMahon (Octavius, Varrius), Madeline Burrows (Pompey, Soothsayer), Seth Rosenke (Mardian, Thidias), John Stange (Enobarbus, Messenger).
Arden of Faversham
As You Like It
Cardenio (aka Double Falsehood)
The Comedy of Errors
Henry IV, Part 1
Henry IV, Part 2
[The Most Lamentable Comedy of Sir John Falstaff]
[The Mistorical Hystery of Henry (I)V]
Henry VI, Part 1
Henry VI, Part 2
Henry VI, Part 3
[The Plantagenets: Henry VI]
[The Plantagenets: The Rise of Edward IV]
[The Plantagenets: Richard III, His Death]
[Henry VI: Revenge in France]
[Henry VI: Revolt in England]
Love's Labour's Lost
Measure for Measure
The Merchant of Venice
The Merry Wives of Windsor
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Much Ado about Nothing
Romeo and Juliet
The Taming of the Shrew
Timon of Athens
Troilus and Cressida
The Two Gentlemen of Verona
The Two Noble Kinsmen
The Winter's Tale
The Rape of Lucrece
Venus and Adonis