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Shakespeare Plays Popularity Index

A ranking of William Shakespeare plays and poems according to how frequently they are produced in live theaters (as of August 31, 2019).*

1. A Midsummer Night's Dream (168 productions)
2. Romeo and Juliet (139)
3. Hamlet (137)
4. Macbeth (128)
5. Twelfth Night (125)
6. Much Ado About Nothing (116)
7. As You Like It (115)
8. The Tempest (102)
9. The Taming of the Shrew (90)
10. The Comedy of Errors (87)
       Julius Caesar (87)
12. Othello (76)
13.The Winter's Tale (72)
14. King Lear (71)
15. Richard III (70)
16. The Merry Wives of Windsor (67)
17. Love's Labour's Lost (61)
18. The Merchant of Venice (55)
19. Henry V (54)
      Measure for Measure (54)
21. The Two Gentlemen of Verona (51)
22. Antony and Cleopatra (43)
23. Titus Andronicus (42)
24. Henry IV, Part One (41)
      Pericles, Prince of Tyre (41)
26. Cymbeline (38)
      All's Well That Ends Well (38)
28. Richard II (30)
29. Coriolanus (29)
30. King John (26)
31. Henry IV, Part Two (20)
32. Troilus and Cressida (19)
33. Timon of Athens (18)
34. Henry VI, Parts 1, 2 & 3 [conflation] (12)
      The Two Noble Kinsmen (12)
36. Henry VI, Part One (11)
      Henry VIII (11)
38. Henry IV, Parts One & Two [conflation] (10)
      Henry VI, Part Two (10)
      Henry VI, Part Three (10)
41. Edward III (9)
42. Rape of Lucrece (7)
      Arden of Faversham (7)
44. Venus and Adonis (4)
45. Cardenio (or Double Falsehood) (3)
46. The Spanish Tragedy (2)
      Sonnets (2)
48. Sir Thomas More (1)
      Famous Victories of Henry V (1)
      Henry IVs, V, VIs, Richard II and III [conflation] (1)
      A Yorkshire Tragedy (1)

* Source: Bard on the Boards "What's Playing Where." This sample represents the announced productions since 2012 at more than 200 theater companies in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, Denmark, and the United States linked on Shakespeareances.com.

 

Current Year Rankings**

1. Romeo and Juliet (1)
    Twelfth Night (1)
    The Taming of the Shrew (1)
    Julius Caesar (1)
    Othello (1)
    Measure for Measure (1)
    As You Like It (1)
    Two Gentlemen of Verona (1)

** Productions announced from September 1, 2019, to August 31, 2020.

 

2018-2019 Rankings
August 1, 2018–September 1, 2019


1. Hamlet (30)
2. As You Like It (29)
3. Macbeth (27)
4. Romeo and Juliet (26)
5. A Midsummer Night's Dream (24)
6. Much Ado About Nothing (21)
7. Twelfth Night (20)
8. The Comedy of Errors (18)
9. The Tempest (17)
10. Othello (16)
11. Henry V (15)
      The Winter's Tale (15)
13. The Merry Wives of Windsor (14)
14. Julius Caesar (13)
      Richard III (13)
16. The Taming of the Shrew (12)
      Henry IV, Part One (12)
      Measure for Measure (12)
19. The Merchant of Venice (10)
20. Antony and Cleopatra (9)
       King Lear (9)
22. Henry IV, Part Two (7)
      Cymbeline (7)
24. Two Gentlemen of Verona (6)
      Love's Labour's Lost (6)
      Pericles, Prince of Tyre (6)
      Titus Andronicus (6)
28. Coriolanus (5)
      All's Well That Ends Well (5)
30. Arden of Faversham (3)
      Henry VI, Parts 1, 2, & 3 [conflation] (3)
32. The Spanish Tragedy (2)
      Venus and Adonis (2)
      Rape of Lucrece (2)
      Henry VIII (2)
      King John (2)
      Richard II (2)
38. Henry IV, Parts One & Two [conflation] (1)
      Henry VI, Part One (1)
      Henry VI, Part Two (1)
      Henry VI, Part Three (1)
      Sonnets (1)
      Troilus and Cressida (1)
      Sir Thomas More (1)
      Timon of Athens (1)
      The Two Noble Kinsmen (1)
      Edward III (1)
      A Yorkshire Tragedy (1)
      Cardenio or Double Falsehood (1)

Not produced:
     Famous Victories of Henry V 

2017-2018 Rankings
August 1, 2017–July 31, 2018

1. Macbeth (33)
2. Romeo and Juliet (29)
3. A Midsummer Night's Dream (28)
4. Twelfth Night (24)
    Hamlet (24)
6. As You Like It (23)
7. Much Ado About Nothing (20)
9. The Comedy of Errors (19)
8. Othello (18)
10. Julius Caesar (15)
      The Tempest (15)
12. All's Well That Ends Well (14)
      Richard III (14)
      The Taming of the Shrew (14)
15. The Winter's Tale (13)
16. Henry IV, Part One (12)
      Love's Labour's Lost (12)
18. King Lear (11)
      The Merry Wives of Windsor (10)
20. Pericles, Prince of Tyre (8)
      Titus Andronicus (8)
      The Merchant of Venice (8)
      Richard II (8)
      Two Gentlemen of Verona (8)
25. King John (7)
      Coriolanus (7)
27.  Henry V (6)
28. Timon of Athens (4)
      Antony and Cleopatra (4)
      Measure for Measure (4)
      Henry IV, Part Two (4)
      Cymbeline (4)
33. Edward III (3)
      Arden of Faversham (3)
      Troilus and Cressida (3)
      Henry VI, Parts 1, 2, & 3 [conflation] (3)
37. Henry VI, Part Three (2)
      Henry VIII (2)
39. Henry VI, Part One (1)
      Henry VI, Part Two (1)
      Two Noble Kinsmen (1)
      Rape of Lucrece (1)
      Henry IV, Parts 1 & 2 [conflation] (1)
      Henry IVs, V, VIs, Richard II and III [conflation] (1)

Not produced:
     Sonnets
     Venus and Adonis
     Sir Thomas More
     Cardenio (or Double Falsehood)
     Famous Victories of Henry V      

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