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
Arden of Faversham
As You Like It
- Oklahoma Shakespeare Festival, Oklahoma Theater Center, Oklahoma City, Okla.
July 29, 1983. Directed by Walter Shoen: Kenneth Risch (Orlando).
- Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, England
1985. Directed by Adrian Noble: Juliet Stevenson (Rosalind), Fiona Shaw (Celia), Hilton McRae (Orlando), Alan Rickman (Jaques), Nicky Henson (Touchstone), Joseph O’Conor (Dukes Frederick & Senior), Griffith Jones (le Beau, Sir Oliver).
- Stratford Festival of Canada, Tom Patterson Theatre, Stratford, Ontario
September 8, 1996. Directed by Richard Rose: Jane Spidell (Rosalind), Caroline Gillis (Celia), Jonathan Crombie (Orlando), David Jansen (Jaques, Le Beau), Kevin Bundy (Touchstone), John Gilbert (Dukes Frederick & Senior).
- Shakespeare Theatre Company, Sydney Harmon Hall, Washington, D.C.
December 2, 2009. Directed by Maria Aitken: Francisca Faridany (Rosalind), Miriam Silverman (Celia), John Behlmann (Orlando), Andrew Long (Jaques), Floyd King (Touchstone), Barnaby Carpenter (Oliver), Mark Capri (Dukes).
- American Shakespeare Center, Blackfriars Playhouse, Staunton, Va.
April 23, 2011. Directed by Jim Warren: Denice Burbach (Rosalind), Brandi Rhome (Celia), Chad Bradford (Orlando), Aiden O'Reilly (Jaques), Rick Blunt (Touchstone), Jonathan Holtzman (Charles, Corin).
- Royal Shakespeare Company, Park Avenue Armory, New York, N.Y.
August 6, 2011. Directed by Michael Boyd: Katy Stephens (Rosalind), Jonjo O'Neill (Orlando), Miriah Gale (Celia), Charles Aitken (Oliver), Forbes Masson (Jaques), Richard Katz (Touchstone), Sophie Russell (Audrey).
- Public Theater's Free Shakespeare in the Park, Delacorte Theater, New York, N.Y.
June 30, 2012. Directed by Daniel Sullivan: Lily Rabe (Rosalind), David Furr (Orlando), Stephen Spinella (Jaques), Renee Elise Goldsberry (Celia), Andre Braugher (Duke Senior, Duke Frederick), Oliver Platt (Touchstone).
- Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Elizabethan Stage, New York, N.Y.
August 15, 2012. Directed by Jessica Thebus: Erica Sullivan (Rosalind), Wayne T. Carr (Orlando), Christine Albright (Celia), Kenajuan Bentley (Oliver), Kathryn Meisle (Jaques), Peter Frechette (Touchstone), Howie Seago (Duke Senior).
- Emily Tuckman's PD.8 Drama Class, Brooklyn Technical High School, New York N.Y.
January 9, 2013. [30-minute adaptation.] Maria Gershuni (Rosalind), Ralph Schneider (Orlando), Jeffrey Jiang (Touchstone), Naomi Francois (Audrey), Benjamin Haye (Silvius), Sunita Chakoweri (Phebe), Veronica Polyakov (Celia), Ameen Sulaiman (Jacques).
- American Shakespeare Center, Blackfriars Playhouse, Staunton, Va.
January 4, 2013. Actors' Renaissance Season: Tracie Thomason (Rosalind), Sarah Fallon (Celia), Gregory Jon Phelps (Orlando), John Harrell (Touchstone), Abbi Hawk (Le Beau, Phoebe), Jonathan Holtzman (Jaques), Andrew Goldwasser (Charles, Silvius).
- Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park, Ellicott City, Md.
June 22, 2014. Directed by Patrick Kilpatrick: Vince Eisenson (Orlando), Blythe Coons (Rosalind), Lizzi Albert (Celia), Jenny Leopold (Jaques), Keegan Cassady (Touchstone), Teresa Spencer (Phoebe), Sarah Taurchini (Audrey), James Jager (Silvius, Charles).
- New York Classical Theatre, Battery Park, New York, N.Y. July 12, 2014.
Directed by Stephen Burdman: Ian Antal (Orlando), Rin Allen (Rosalind), Connie Castanzo (Celia), Clay Storseth (Jaques), John Robert Armstrong (Touchstone), Daniel Patrick Smith (Silvius, Charles), Jackson Demott Hill (Adam).
- Shakespeare Theatre Company, Lansburgh Theatre, Washington, D.C.
November 4, 2014. Directed by Michael Attenborough: Zoë Waites (Rosalind), Andrew Veenstra (Orlando), Adina Verson (Celia), Derek Smith (Jaques), Andrew Weems (Touchstone), Timothy D. Stickney (Duke Frederick, Duke Senior), Gregory Wooddell (Oliver).
- Baltimore Shakespeare Factory, The Meadow at Johns Hopkins University's Evergreen Museum and Library, Baltimore, Maryland.
August 1, 2015. Directed by Chris Cotterman: Phil Vannoorbeeck (Touchstone), Lynn Favin (Rosalind), Zach Bopst (Orlando), Shannon Ziegler (Celia), Tavon McLaughlin (Silvius, Charles), Charlotte Blacklock (Phoebe, Amiens), Kevin Griffin Moreno (Jaques, Duke Frederick).
- Synetic Theater, Arlington, Virginia
December 12, 2015. Directed by Paata Tsikurishvili, choreographed by Irina Tsikurishvili: Taylor Robinson (Rosalind), Philip Fletcher (Orlando), Will Hayes (Touchstone), Laura Artesi (Phoebe), Scott Turneer (Oliver), Scott Brown (Jaques).
- Children's Shakespeare Theatre, Sparkill, New York
June 3, 2016. Directed by Diana Green: Noah King (Orlando), Anna Puris (Rosalind), Kate Gadd (Phoebe), Cole Massaro (Corin), Cooper Rosen (Touchstone), Julia Sciorra (Celia), Journee Benjamin (Duke Frederick, Audrey), Nick Hughes-Barrow (Oliver).
- Folger Theatre, Washington, D.C.
January 29, 2017. Directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch: Lindsay Alexandra Carter (Rosalind), Antoinette Robisnon (Celia), Aaron Krohn (Touchstone), Dani Stoller (Phoebe), Jeff Keogh (Adam, Corin), Tom Story (Jaques), Lorenzo Roberts (Orlando).
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