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]
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
- Rachel and Juliet by Lynn Redgrave
Folger Theatre, Washington, D.C., April 12, 2009
- A Knight in Harmon Hall by Ian McKellen
Shakespeare Theatre Company, Washington, D.C., Oct. 29, 2009
- Being Shakespeare by Jonathan Bate
Simon Callow. Ambassador Theatre Group, BAM, Brooklyn, N.Y., April 7, 2012
- In Acting Shakespeare by James DeVita
The Pearl Theatre Company, New York, N.Y., January 19, 2013
- I, Malvolio by Tim Crouch
The New Victory Theater, New York, N.Y., January 19, 2013
- Hamlet, Prince of Grief by Mohammad Charmshir
The Public, New York, N.Y., January 20, 2013
- Women of Will by Tina Packer
Tina Paker, Nigel Gore, The Gym at Judson, New York, N.Y., February 16, 2013
- Return to the Forbidden Planet by Bob Carlton
American Shakespeare Center, Blackfriars Playhouse, Staunton, Va., June 29, 2013. Directed by Jim Warren: Dylan Paul (Captain Tempest), René Thornton Jr. (Prospero), Emily Brown (Miranda), John Harrell (Arial), Gregory Jon Phelps (Cookie), Chris Johnston (Lt. Hotlix McShredalot, music director).
- I, Peaseblossom by Tim Crouch
Park Avenue Armory, New York, N.Y., November 3, 2013
- And To The Republic—The Roman Plays Reconstructed adapted by Geordie Broadwater
The Guerrilla Shakespeare Project, Workshop Theatre, New York, N.Y., June 7, 2014. Directed by Geordie Broadwater: Tiffany Baker (Cleopatra), Jordan Kaplan (Octavius), Madeleine Maby (Portia), Jordan Reeves (Antony), Jacques Roy (Cassius), Tom Schwans (Brutus).
- Enter Ophelia, distracted adapted by Kimberly Gilbert
Taffety Punk, Capitol Hill Arts Workshop Black Box Theater, Washington, D.C., June 20, 2014. Directed by Kimberly Gilbert, Marcus Kyd, Erin F. Mitchell (Choreographer): Kimberly Gilbert (Ophelia), Eleni Grove (Ophelia), Katie Murphy (Ophelia), Erin White (Ophelia).
- Cry "Havoc!" by Stephan Wolfert
Folger Theatre, Washington, D.C.
April 12, 2009. Directed by Eric Tucker.
- The Complete Deaths of William Shakespare by William Shakespeare and Alice Stanley
Baltimore Shakespeare Factory and Cohesion Theatre Company, St. Mary's Community Center, Baltimore, Md.
January 16, 2016. Directed by Tom Delise and Alice Stanley: Jonas David Grey (Zombie Shakespeare), Zach Bopst, Jessica Byars, Chris Cotterman, Dominic Gladden, Melanie Glickman, Brad Norris, Katherine Vary, Tegan Williams.
- William Shakespeare's Long Lost First Play (abridged) by Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor
Reduced Shakespeare Company, Folger Theatre, Washington, D.C.
April 23, 2016. Directed by Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor: Reed Martin, Austin Tichenor, Teddy Spencer.
- A Fool's Paradise: 30 Shakespeare Scenes in 60 Minutes, Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, Baltimore, Md.
June 3, 2016. Adapted and directed by Sarah Curnoles: Logan Davidson, Lisa Hodsoll, Jenna Rossman, Sabrine Sikes, Sarah Curnoles, Chris Cotterman.