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
[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]
- Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, England
1987. Directed by Terry Hands: Roger Allam (Brutus), Sean Baker (Cassius), Nicholas Farrell (Antony), Joseph O'Conor (Julius Caesar), Janet Amsbury (Portia), Gregory Doran (Octavius), Griffith Jones (Soothsayer).
- Bard on the Beach, Douglas Campbell Studio Stage, Vancouver, British Columbia
July 20, 2007. Directed by Katrina Dunn: Scott Bellis (Brutus), Craig Erickson (Antony), Gerry Mackay (Cassius), Allan Morgan (Julius Caesar), Jennifer Lines (Portia), Parnelli Parnes (Octavius), Melissa Poll (Calpurnia).
- Royal Shakespeare Company, Park Avenue Armory, New York, N.Y.
August 7, 2011. Directed by Lucy Bailey: Sam Troughton (Brutus), John Mackay (Cassius), Greg Hicks (Caesar), Darrell D’Silva (Antony), Hannah Young (Portia), Oliver Ryan (Casca), Joseph Arkley (Octavius), Brian Doherty (Decius).
- Maryland Shakespeare Festival, All Saints Episcopal Church, Frederick, Md.
March 24, 2012. Bare Bard Repertory: Elizabeth Jernigan (Portia), JJ Area (Brutus), Stephen Lorne Williams (Cassius), Steven Hoochuk (Caesar), Christina Frank (Antony), Bob Sheire (Octavius, Flavius), Teresa Spencer (Marullus).
- American Shakespeare Center, Blackfriars Playhouse, Staunton, Va.
January 12, 2013. Actor's Renaissance Season: René Thornton Jr. (Brutus), Sarah Fallon (Cassius), Benjamin Curns (Caesar), Gregory Jon Phelps (Antony), Chris Johnston (Casca, Lepidus), Grant Davis (Octavius, Cinna), Abbi Hawk (Portia).
- Royal Shakespeare Company, BAM Harvey Theater, Brooklyn, N.Y.
April 13, 2013. Directed by Gregory Doran: Ray Fearon (Antony), Paterson Joseph (Brutus), Cyril Nri (Cassius), Jeffery Kissoon (Caesar), Adjoa Andoh (Portia), Joseph Mydell (Casca), Ivanno Jeremiah (Octavius), Simon Manyonda (Lucius).
- Babes With Blades Theatre Company, Raven Theatre, Chicago, Ill.
April 20, 2013. Directed by Wyatt Kent: Maureen Yasko (Caesar), Kimberly Logan (Brutus), Sara Gorsky (Cassius), Diana Coates (Antony), Alison Dornheggen (Casca, Lepidus), Jennifer L. Mickelson (Cinna, Messala).
- Donmar Warehouse, St. Ann's Warehouse, Brooklyn, N.Y.
November 2, 2013. Directed by Phyllida Lloyd: Frances Barber (Caesar), Harriet Walter (Brutus), Jenny Jules (Cassius), Cush Jumbo (Antony), Susan Brown (Casca), Clare Dunne (Portia, Octavius), Carrie Rock (Soothsayer), Susan Wokoma (Lucius).
- Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, Madison, N.J.
March 8, 2014. Directed by Anthony Cochrane: Jonathan Minton (Caesar), Alex Vlahov (Brutus), Travis Johnson (Cassius), Felix Mayes (Octavius, Soothsayer), Michael Striano (Antony), Isabelle Russo (Casca, Lucius), Liz Daingerfield (Portia), Alison Wien (Calpurnia).
- The Folger Theatre, Washington, D.C.
November 2, 2014. Directed by Robert Richmond: Anthony Cochrane (Brutus), Louis Butelli (Cassius), Michael Sharon (Caesar), Maurice Jones (Antony), William Vaughan (Lucius), Maboud Ebrahimzadeh (Casca, Messala), Nafeesa Monroe (Soothsayer).
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