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
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]
- Royal Shakespeare Company, Barbican Theatre, London, England
June 1985. Directed by Adrian Noble: Kenneth Branagh (Henry), Ian McDiarmid (Chorus), Christopher Ravenscroft (Montjoy), Bernard Horsfall (Pistol), Nicholas Woodeson (Dauphin), Richard Easton (Constable), Sion Probert (Fluellen).
- English Shakespeare Company, Theatre Royal, Norwich, England
1986. Directed by Michael Bogdanov: Michael Pennington (Henry), John Woodvine (Chorus), John Price (Pistol), Andrew Jarvis (Dauphin), Hugh Sullivan (Constable), Jenny Quayle (Katharine), Gareth Thomas (Fluellen).
- Atlanta Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare Tavern, Atlanta, Ga.
November 1997. Directed by Heidi Cline: Brik Berkes (Henry), Agnes Lucinda Harty (Chorus), Jeff Watkins (Pistol), Mark Douglas-Jones (Ely, Fluellen), Gregory Thomas Isaac (Montjoy, MacMorris), Daniel May (Dauphin).
- Stratford Festival of Canada, Avon Theatre, Stratford, Ontario
August 25, 2001. Directed by Jeannette Lambermont: Graham Abbey (Henry), Seana McKenna (Chorus), Nicolas Van Burek (Dauphin), Stephen Russell (Constable), Keith Dinicol (Pistol), Sara Topham (Katherine).
- Shakespeare Theatre Company, Sydney Harman Hall, Washington, D.C.
March 3, 2010. Directed by David Muse: Michael Hayden (Henry V), Tom Story (Dauphin), Dan Kremer (Constable), Rachel Holmes (Katherine), Larry Paulsen, Robynn Rodriguez, Ted van Griethuysen (Chorus).
- American Shakespeare Center, Blackfriars Playhouse, Staunton, Va.
October 8, 2011. Directed by Ralph Alan Cohen: Gregory Jon Phelps (Henry V), James Keegan (Fluellen), Patrick Midgley (Dauphin, MacMorris), John Harrell (Chorus), Miriam Donald (Katherine), Allison Glenzer (Quickly, Alice).
- Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Elizabethan Stage, Ashland, Ore.
August 16, 2012. Directed by Joseph Haj: John Tufts (Henry V), Jeffrey King (Fluellen), Brooke Parks (Katherine), Judith–Marie Bergan (Quickly, Alice), Cristofer Jean (Montjoy), U. Jonathan Toppo (Pistol), Christine Albright (Boy).
- The Folger Theatre, Washington, D.C.
January 27, 2013. Directed by Robert Richmond: Zach Appelman (Henry V), Katie deBuys (Katherine, Boy), James Keegan (Pistol), Catherine Flye (Quickly, Alice, Bates), Louis Butelli (Bardolph, Ely, Williams), Andrew Schwartz (Dauphin, Cambridge).
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