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
Cardenio (aka Double Falsehood)
The Comedy of Errors
Henry IV, Part 1
Henry IV, Part 2
- English Shakespeare Company, Theatre Royal, Norwich, England
1986. Directed by Michael Bogdanov: Patrick O'Connell (Henry IV), Michael Pennington (Hal), John Woodvine (Falstaff), John Price (Pistol), June Watson (Mistress Quickly), Jennie Quayle (Doll Tearsheet), Clyde Politt (Shallow).
- Stratford Festival of Canada, Tom Patterson Theatre, Stratford, Ontario
September 2, 2001. Directed by Scott Wentworth: Douglas Campbell (Falstaff), Benedict Campbell (Henry IV), Graham Abbey (Hal), Diane D'Aquila (Mistress Quickly), Lewis Gordon (Shallow), Keith Dinicol (Pistol).
- Shakespeare Theatre Company, Lansburgh Theatre, Washington, D.C.
May 5, 2004. Directed by Bill Alexander: Keith Baxter (Henry IV), Christopher Kelly (Hal), Ted van Griethuysen (Falstaff), Nancy Robinette (Mistress Quickly), Floyd King (Shallow), Andrew Long (Pistol), Naomi Jacobson (Doll Tearsheet).
- American Shakespeare Center, Blackfriars Playhouse, Staunton, Va.
October 9, 2010. Directed by Ralph Alan Cohen: Rene Thornton Jr. (Henry IV), Patrick Midgley (Hal), James Keegan (Falstaff), Allison Glenzer (Mistress Quickly), Chris Johnston (Poins, Silence), Daniel Kennedy (Shallow).
- Shakespeare Theatre Company, Sidney Harman Hall, Washington, D.C.
April 16, 2014. Directed by Michael Kahn: Stacy Keach (Falstaff), Matthew Amendt (Hal), Edward Gero (Henry IV), Ted van Griethuysen (Rumour, Shallow), Derrick Lee Weeden (Lord Chief Justice) Patrick Vaill (Prince John), Steve Pickering (Pistol).
- Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, England (RSC live cinema broadcast)
July 8, 2014. Directed by Gregory Doran: Antony Sher (Falstaff), Alex Hassell (Hal), Jasper Britton (Henry IV), Paola Dionisotti (Mistress Quickly), Antony Byrne (Rumour, Pistol), Simon Thorp (Lord Chief Justice), Oliver Ford Davies (Shallow).
- DruidShakespeare: The History Plays, Druid Theatre Company, Lincoln Center Festival, Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College, New York, New York
July 11, 2015. Adapted by Mark O'Rowe, directed by Garry Hynes: Derbhle Crotty (Henry IV) Aisling O'Sullivan (Hal), Rory Nolan (Falstaff), Aaron Monaghan (Pistol), John Olohan (Mistress Quickly), Karen McCartney (Boy).
- Smith Street Stage, Carroll Park, Brooklyn, New York
July 12, 2015. Directed by Joby Earle: Jane May (Henry IV) Hannah Sloat (Hal), Jonathan Hopkins (Falstaff), Michael Hanson (Hotspur, Pistol, Mouldy), Jonathan Minton (Worcester, Silence, Chief Justice, Coleville), Sam Reiff-Pasarew (Northumberland, John, Doll, Shallow).
- Brave Spirits Theatre, The Lab at at Convergence, Alexandria, Virginia
November 7, 2015. Directed by Kevin Finkelstein: Sarah Anne Sillers (Hal), Karen Lange (Falstaff), Annette Mooney Wasno (Henry IV), Claire Schoonover (Northumberland, Lord Chief Justice), Jill Tighe (Peto, Prince John), James T. Majewski (Host Quickly, Scroop), Carl Brandt Long (Dick Tearsheet).
- Donmar Warehouse, St. Ann's Warehouse, Brooklyn, N.Y.
November 22, 2015. Directed by Phyllida Lloyd: Harriet Walter (Henry), Clare Dunne (Hal), Sophie Stanton (Falstaff), Jade Anouka (Hotspur), Susan Wokoma (Poins, Douglas), Sharon Rooney (Lady Percy), Carolina Valdés (Northumberland).
[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