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
- Royal Shakespeare Company, Barbican Theatre, London, England
1985. Directed by Bill Alexander: Antony Sher (Richard III), Penny Downie (Lady Anne), Penelope Beaumont (Elizabeth), Pete Postlethwaite (Hastings), Malcolm Storry (Buckingham), Roger Allam (Clarence).
- Triumph Theatre/Kennedy Center, Phoenix Theatre, London, England
January 1989. Directed by Clifford Williams: Derek Jacobi (Richard III), Heather Canning (Elizabeth), Pete Postlethwaite (Buckingham), Kathryn Pogson (Lady Anne), Malcolm Tierney (Clarence), Jeffery Dench (Stanley).
- Royal National Theatre, Ordway Music Theatre, St. Paul, Minn.
August 1, 1992. Directed by Richard Eyre: Ian McKellen (Richard III), Charlotte Cornwell (Elizabeth), Terence Rigby (Buckingham), Richard Simpson (Hastings), Anastasia Hille (Lady Anne), Malcolm Sinclair (Clarence).
- Shakespeare Repertory Theater, Ruth Page Theater, Chicago, Ill.
May 4, 1996. Directed by Barbara Gaines: Brendan Corbalis (Richard III), Joanna Riopelle (Elizabeth), Greg Vinkler (Buckingham), Robert Swan (Hastings), Kathy Santen (Lady Anne), Linda Kimbrough (Margaret), Mary Ann Thebus (Duchess).
- Stratford Festival of Canada, Avon Theatre, Stratford, Ontario
July 6, 2002. Directed by Martha Henry: Tom McCamus (Richard III), Seana McKenna (Elizabeth), Peter Hutt (Buckingham), Sarah Dodd (Lady Anne), Diane D'Aquila (Margaret), Wayne Best (Hastings), John Dolan (Stanley).
- Washington Shakespeare Company, Artisphere Black Box Theater, Arlington, Va.
Nov. 28, 2010. Directed by Christopher Henley and Jay Hardee: Frank Britton (Richard III), Karen Novack (Elizabeth), Adrienne Nelson (Buckingham), Barbara Papendorp (Catesby), Charlotte Akin (Margaret), Joe Palka (Hastings).
- American Shakespeare Center, Blackfriars Playhouse, Staunton, Va.
Jan. 21, 2012. Actors' Renaissance Season: Benjamin Curns (Richard III), Allison Glenzer (Elizabeth), René Thornton Jr. (Buckingham), Sarah Fallon (Margaret), Aidan O'Reilly (Clarence), Daniel Kennedy (Hastings), Brsandi Rhome (Anne).
- The Bridge Project, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Feb. 4, 2012. Directed by Sam Mendes: Kevin Spacey (Richard III), Haydn Gwynne (Elizabeth), Chuk Iwuji (Buckingham), Gemma Jones (Margaret), Chandler Williams (Clarence), Jack Ellis (Hastings), Annabel Scholey (Anne).
- Brave Spirits Theatre, Atlas Performing Arts Center Lab Theatre I, Washington, D.C.
June 23, 2012. Directed by Charlene V. Smith: Travis Blumer (Richard III), Jessica Lefkow (Margaret, Edward IV, Richmond), Travis Blumer (Brakenbury, Catesby, Edward V), Jim Gagne (Hastings et al), Victoria Reinsel (Anne et al).
- Hudson Warehouse, Soldiers and Sailors Monument, Riverside Park, New York, N.Y.
Sep. 1, 2012. Directed by Nicholas Martin-Smith: Vince Phillip (Richard III), Jonathan William Minton (Rivers), Timothy McCown Reynolds (Buckingham), George K. Wells (Richmond), Roxann Kraemer (Elizabeth), Amanda Renee Baker (Anne).
- The Drilling Company, Broome and Ludlow Municipal Parking Lot, New York, N.Y.
August 16, 2013. Directed by Hamilton Clancy: Alessandro Colla (Richard), Sheri Graubert (Margaret), Arash Mokhtar (Buckingham), Valerie Redd (Stanley), Veronica Cruz (Elizabeth), Vince Reese (Murdere, Tyrrel, Duke of York).
- Shakespeare's Globe, Belasco Theatre, New York, N.Y.
November 3, 2013. Directed by Tim Carroll: Mark Rylance (Richard), Samuel Barnett (Queen Elizabeth), Angus Wright (Buckingham), Paul Chahidi (Hastings, Tyrrell), Joseph Timms (Lady Anne), Peter Hamilton Dyer (Brakenbury, Catesby).
- The Folger, Washington, D.C.
February 1, 2014. Directed by Robert Richmond: Drew Cortese (Richard), Julia Motyka (Queen Elizabeth), Howard W. Overshown (Buckingham), Paul Morella (Edward, Mayor, Norfolk), Alyssa Wilmoth Keegan (Lady Anne), Michael Sharon (Clarence, Catesby).
- NextStop Theatre Company, Industrial Strength Theatre, Herndon, Va.
February 2, 2014. Directed by Lindsey D. Snyder: Ethan Sinnott (Richard), Sun King Davis (Buckingham), Daniel Corey (Shadow, Richmond), Ben Lauer (Catesby), Rachel Spicknall Mulford (Lady Anne, Grey), Zack Brewster-Geisz (Hastings, Lord Mayor, Messenger).
- Almeida Theatre, Longon, England (Almeida Theatre Live)
August 29, 2016. Directed by Rupert Goold: Ralph Fiennes (Richard), Aislín McGuckin (Elizabeth), Vanessa Redgrave (Margaret), Finbar Lynch (Buckingham), Joanna Vanderham (Lady Anne), Daniel Cerqueira (Catesby), James Garnon (Hastings).
- Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, Madison, N.J.
November 5, 2016. Directed by Paul Mullins: Derek Wilson (Richard), John Hickok (Buckingham), Sheffield Chastain (Catesby), Gretchen Hall (Elizabeth), Carol Halstead (Margaret), Ellen Fiske (Duchess), Ames Adamson (Hastings), Chris Hietikko (Stanley).
- Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, Baltimore, Md.
March 4, 2017. Directed by Ian Gallanar: Vince Eisenson (Richard), Scott Alan Small (Buckingham), Ron Heneghan (Clarence), Gregory Burgess (Stanley), Lizzi Albert (Anne), James Jager (Richmond), Bart Debicki (Brakenbury), Mia Boydston (Prince Edward).
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