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, Aldwych Theatre, London, England
June 1977. Directed by Trevor Nunn: Donald Sinden (Lear), Bob Peck (Kent), Tony Church (Gloucester), Michael Pennington (Edgar), Michael Williams (Fool), Cherie Lunghi (Cordelia), John Nettles (Albany), Meg Davis (Regan).
- Stephens College, Columbia, Mo.
November 18, 1977.
- National Theatre, Olivier Theatre, London, England
1987. Directed by David Hare: Anthony Hopkins (Lear), Bill Nighy (Edgar), Philip Locke (Kent), Michael Bryant (Gloucester), Anna Massey (Goneril), Suzanne Bertish (Regan), Miranda Foster (Cordelia), Douglas Hodge (Edmund).
- Stratford Festival of Canada, Festival Theatre, Stratford, Ontario
September 7, 1996. Directed by Richard Monette: William Hutt (Lear), Diane D'Aquila (Goneril), Martha Burns (Regan), Colombe Demers (Cordelia), Eric Donkin (Gloucester), Geordie Johnson (Edmund), Peter Donaldson (Edgar).
- Utah Shakespearean Festival, Adams Shakespearean Theatre, Cedar City, Utah
August 29, 2007. Directed by J.R. Sullivan: Dan Kremer (Lear), Kieran Connolly (Gloucester), Carole Healey (Goneril), Carey Cannon (Regan), Timothy Casto (Fool), Raymond L. Chapman (Edmund), Shawn Fagan (Edgar).
- Shakespeare Theatre Company, Sydney Harman Hall, Washington, D.C.
July 1, 2009. Directed by Robert Falls: Stacy Keach (Lear), Edward Gero (Gloucester), Howard Witt (Fool), Kim Martin-Cotton (Goneril), Kate Arrington (Regan), Joaquin Torres (Edgar), Jonno Roberts (Edmund).
- The Donmar Warehouse, BAM Harvey Theater, Brooklyn, N.Y.
May 15, 2011. Directed by Michael Grandage: Derek Jacobi (Lear), Paul Jesson (Gloucester), Gwilym Lee (Edgar), Justine Mitchell (Regan), Gina McKee (Goneril), Ron Cook (Fool), Michael Hadley (Kent), Tom Beard (Albany).
- Royal Shakespeare Company, Park Avenue Armory, New York, N.Y.
August 6, 2011. Directed by David Farr: Greg Hicks (Lear), Geoffrey Freshwater (Gloucester), Charles Aitken (Edgar), Katy Stephens (Regan), Kelly Hunter (Goneril), John Mackay (Albany), Sophie Russell (Fool), Darrell D'Silva (Kent).
- Chichester Festival Theatre, BAM Harvey Theater, Brooklyn, N.Y.
January 11, 2014. Directed by Angus Jackson: Frank Langella (Lear), Lauren O'Neil (Regan), Catherine McCormack (Goneril), Sebastian Armesto (Edgar), Max Bennett (Edmund), Denis Conway (Gloucester), Chu Omambala (Albany), Tim Treloar (Cornwall).
- Theatre for a New Audience, Polonsky Shakespeare Center, Brooklyn, N.Y.
March 29, 2014. Directed by Arin Arbus: Michael Pennington (Lear), Bianca Amato (Regan), Rachel Pickup (Goneril), Jacob Fishel (Edgar), Chandler Williams (Edmund), Timothy D. Stickney (Kent), Christopher McCann (Gloucester).
- The Public Theater's Free Shakespeare in the Park, Delacorte Theater, New York, N.Y.
August 1, 2014. Directed by Daniel Sullivan: John Lithgow (Lear), Chukwudi Iwuji (Edgar), Eric Sheffer Stevens (Edmund), Jay O. Sanders (Kent), Clarke Peters (Gloucester), Steven Boyer (Fool), Jessica Collins (Cordelia), Annette Bening (Goneril).
- Stratford Festival, Festival Theatre, Stratford, Ont.
August 28, 2014. Directed by Antoni Cimolino: Colm Feore (Lear), Sara Farb (Cordelia), Maev Beaty (Goneril), Liisa Repo-Martell (Regan), Jonathan Goad (Kent), Scott Wentworth (Gloucester), Evan Buliung (Edgar), Brad Hodder (Edmund).
- Shakespeare's Globe, Folger Theatre, Washington, D.C.
September 9, 2014. Directed by Bill Buckhurst: Joseph Marcell (Lear), Bethan Cullinane (Cordelia, Fool), Gwendolen Chatfield (Goneril), Shanaya Rafaat (Regan), Bill Nash (Kent), John Stahl (Gloucester, Albany), Alex Mugnaioni (Edgar, Cornwall), Daniel Pirrie (Edmund, Oswald).
- Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Boise, Idaho
August 11, 2015. Directed by Joseph Hanreddy: Aled Davies (Lear), Robyn Cohen (Regan), Laura Perrotta (Goneril), Cassandra Bissell (Cordelia), Dougfred Miller (Kent), J. Todd Adams (Edgar), Dustin Tucker (Cornwall), Tom Ford (Fool), David Anthony Smith (Gloucester).
- Bard on the Beach, Vancouver, British Columbia
August 15, 2015. Directed by Dennis Garnhum: Benedict Campbell (Lear), John Murphy (Kent), Colleen Wheeler (Goneril), Jennifer Lines (Regan), Andrea Rankin (Cordelia), Nathan Schmidt (Edgar), Michael Blake (Edmund), Scott Bellis (Fool).
- American Shakespeare Center, Blackfriars Playhouse, Staunton, Virginia
August 19, 2016. Directed by Jenny Bennett: René Thornton Jr. (King Lear), Jessika Williams (Goneril), Allison Glenzer (Regan), Lauren Ballard (Cordelia), Chris Johnston (Fool), Patrick Earl (Edmund), John Harrell (Gloucester), Benjamin Reed (Cornwall).
- Royal Shakespeare Company via Live From Stratford-Upon-Avon, Folger Theatre, Washington, D.C.
December 5, 2016. Directed by Gregory Doran: Antony Sher (King Lear), Nia Gwynne (Goneril), Kelly Williams (Regan), Natalie Simpson (Cordelia), Graham Turner (Fool), Paapa Essiedu (Edmund), David Troughton (Gloucester), Oliver Johnston (Edgar).
- Children's Shakespeare Center, Palasades Presbyterian Church, Palisades, New York
March 24, 2017. Directed by Diana Green: Maeve Ryan (Queen Lear), Amalia Baker (Fool), Elinor Greenway (Regan), Emma Printz (Cordelia), Nina Carbone (Edgar), Isabel Wecht (Edmund), Lucinda Carroll (Kent), Kai Canoll (Gloucester), Thalia Calligeros (Goneril).
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