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List of Shakespeare Productions

Montage of play programsI’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.

Eric Minton

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

Coriolanus

Cymbeline

Edward III

Hamlet

Henry IV, Part 1

Henry IV, Part 2

[The Most Lamentable Comedy of Sir John Falstaff]

[The Mistorical Hystery of Henry (I)V]

Henry 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]

Henry VIII

Julius Caesar

King John

King Lear

Love's Labour's Lost

Macbeth

Measure for Measure

The Merchant of Venice

The Merry Wives of Windsor

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Much Ado about Nothing

Othello

  1. Royal Shakespeare Company, Barbican Theatre, London, England
    1986. Directed by Terry Hands: Ben Kingsley (Othello), David Suchet (Iago), Niamh Cusack (Desdemona), Tom Mannion (Cassio), Gerard Logan (Roderigo), Janet Dale (Emilia), Penny Ryder (Bianca).
  2. Shakespeare Repertory Theater, Ruth Page Theater, Chicago, Ill.
    November 11, 1995. Directed by Barbara Gaines: Paul Butler (Othello), Steve Pickering (Iago), Deborah Staples (Desdemona), Ian Barford (Cassio), Kyle Colerider-Krugh (Roderigo), Lisa Dodson, (Emilia), Magica Bottari (Bianca).
  3. Shakespeare Theatre Company, Lansburgh Theatre, Washington, D.C.
    September 13, 2005. Directed by Michael Kahn: Avery Brooks (Othello), Patrick Page (Iago), Colleen Delany (Desdemona), Gregory Wooddell (Cassio), Lise Brueneau (Emilia), Erik Steel (Roderigo), Andrea Cirie (Bianca).
  4. Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Elizabethan Stage, Ashland, Ore.
    July 25, 2008. Directed by Lisa Peterson: Peter Macon (Othello), Dan Donohue (Iago), Sarah Rutan (Desdemona), Danforth Comins (Cassio), Vilma Silva (Emilia), Christopher DuVal (Roderigo).
  5. American Shakespeare Center, Blackfriars Playhouse, Staunton, Va.
    October 30, 2010. Directed by Jim Warren: Rene Thornton Jr. (Othello), Benjamin Curns (Iago), Sarah Fallon (Desdemona), Patrick Midgley (Cassio), Allison Glenzer (Amelia), John Harrell (Roderigo), Ginna Hoben (Bianca).
  6. Folger Theatre, Washington, D.C.
    November 2, 2011. Directed by Robert Richmond: Owiso Odera (Othello), Ian Merrill Peakes (Iago), Janie Brookshire (Desdemona), Thomas Keegan (Cassio), Karen Peakes (Amelia), Louis Butelli (Roderigo), Chris Genebach (Montano).
  7. Emily Tuckman's Drama Class, Brooklyn Technical High School, New York N.Y.
    January 9, 2013. [30-minute adaptation.] Shauntai Quinlon (Othella), Gabriel Morel (Iago), Sumyia Razzak (Desdemona), Tiffany Nguyen (Emilia), Theraune Casey (Brabantio), Kevin Tynes (Cassio).
  8. Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre, Philadelphia, Pa.
    April 6, 2013. Directed by Carmen Khan: Forrest McClendon (Othello), J Hernandez (Iago), Lauren Sowa (Desdemona), Chance Dean (Cassio), Eleni Delopoulos (Emelia), Isaiah Ellis (Roderigo), Ralph Edmonds (Brabantio, Gratiano).
  9. Othello: The Remix, Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier, Chicago, Ill.
    April 19, 2013. Written, directed, and music by The Q Brothers: Postell Pringle (Othello), GQ (Iago, Brabantio), Jackson Doran (Cassio, Emilia), JQ (Roderigo, Bianca, Loco Vito), Clayton Stamper (DJ).
  10. American Shakespeare Center, Blackfriars Playhouse, Staunton, Va.
    September 7, 2013. Directed by Jim Warren: Fernando Lamberty (Othello), Rick Blunt (Iago), Stephanie Holladay Earl (Desdemona), Patrick Midgley (Roderigo), Bridget Rue (Amelia), Patrick Earl (Cassio), Emily Joshi-Powell (Bianca, Clown).
  11. Riverside Theatre in the Park, Iowa City, Iowa
    June 28 & 29, 2014. Directed by Theodore Swetz: Daver Morrison (Othello), Tim Budd (Iago), Kelly Gibson (Desdemona), Christopher Peltier (Roderigo), Jody Hovland (Amelia), Steven Marzolf (Cassio), John William Watkins (Duke).
  12. Titan Theatre Company, Queens Theatre, New York, N.Y.
    May 2, 2015. Directed by Lenny Banovez: Leah Dutchin (Othello), Laura Frye (Iago), Emily Trask (Desdemona), Leah Gabriel(Roderigo), Deanna Gibson (Amelia), Abbey Siegworth (Cassio), Carol Linnea Johnson (Duke).
  13. Shakespeare Theatre Company, Sidney Harman Hall, Washington, D.C.
    March 2, 2016. Directed by Ron Daniels: Faran Tahir (Othello), Jonno Roberts (Iago), Ryman Sneed (Desdemona), Merritt Janson (Amelia), Ben Diskant (Roderigo), Patrick Vaill (Cassio), Ted van Griethuysen (Duke).

Pericles

Richard II

Richard III

Romeo and Juliet

The Taming of the Shrew

The Tempest

Timon of Athens

Titus Andronicus

Troilus and Cressida

Twelfth Night

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

The Two Noble Kinsmen

The Winter's Tale

The Sonnets

The Rape of Lucrece

Venus and Adonis

Miscellaneous

Non-Shakespeare Productions