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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 December 11, 2018).*

1. A Midsummer Night's Dream (152 productions)
2. Romeo and Juliet (122)
3. Macbeth (115)
    Hamlet (115)
5. Twelfth Night (107)
6. Much Ado About Nothing (100)
7. As You Like It (97)
8. The Tempest (89)
9. The Taming of the Shrew (83)
10. Julius Caesar (76)
11. The Comedy of Errors (75)
12. Othello (65)
13. King Lear (64)
14. The Winter's Tale (61)
15. Richard III (59)
16.  The Merry Wives of Windsor (56)
17. Love's Labour's Lost (55)
18. The Merchant of Venice (47)
19. The Two Gentlemen of Verona (45)
20. Measure for Measure (44)
21. Henry V (41)
22. Titus Andronicus (39)
23. Antony and Cleopatra (36)
      Pericles, Prince of Tyre (36)
25. All's Well That Ends Well (35)
26. Cymbeline (34)
27, Henry IV, Part One (33)
28. Richard II (28)
29. Coriolanus (25)
      King John (25)
31. Troilus and Cressida (17)
      Timon of Athens (17)
33. Henry IV, Part Two (14)
34. Henry VI, Part One (11)
35. The Two Noble Kinsmen (10)
      Henry VIII (10)
      Henry IV, Parts 1 & 2 [conflation] (10)
      Henry VI, Part Two (10)
      Henry VI, Part Three (10)
40. Henry VI, Parts 1, 2 & 3 [conflation] (9)
41. Edward III (8)
42. Rape of Lucrece (6)
43. Arden of Faversham (5)
44. Venus and Adonis (3)
45. Cardenio (or Double Falsehood) (2)
      The Spanish Tragedy (2)
47. Sonnets (1)
      Famous Victories of Henry V (1)
      Henry IVs, V, VIs, Richard II and III [conflation] (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. Macbeth (14)
2. As You Like It (12)
3. Romeo and Juliet (10)
4. A Midsummer Night's Dream (8)
    Hamlet (8)
6. The Comedy of Errors (6)
    The Taming of the Shrew (6)
    Othello (6)
9. Much Ado About Nothing (5)
10. The Tempest (4)
     Henry IV, Part One (4)
     The Winter's Tale (4)
13. Titus Andronicus (3)
      Twelfth Night (3)
      Julius Caesar (3)
      Measure for Measure (3)
      Cymbeline (3)
18. The Spanish Tragedy (2)
      King Lear (2)
      Henry V (2)
      Richard III (2)
      The Merchant of Venice (2)
      Antony and Cleopatra (2)
      The Merry Wives of Windsor (2)
25. Two Gentlemen of Verona (1)
      Henry VIII (1)
      All's Well That Ends Well (1)
      Coriolanus (1)
      Arden of Faversham (1)
      Henry IV, Parts 1 & 2 [conflation] (1)
      Henry VI, Part One (1)
      Venus and Adonis (1)
      Rape of Lucrece (1)
      Henry VI, Part Two (1)
      Henry VI, Part Three (1)
      Henry IV, Part Two (1)
      King John (1)

Cardenio or Double Falsehood
Edward III
Henry VI, Parts 1, 2, & 3 [conflation]
Love's Labour's Lost
Pericles, Prince of Tyre
Richard II
Sir Thomas More
Sonnets
Timon of Athens
Troilus and Cressida
The Two Noble Kinsmen

** Productions announced from August 1, 2018, to July 31, 2019.

 

2017-2018 Rankings
August 1, 2017–July 31, 2019

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
     Cardenio (or Double Falsehood)
     Famous Victories of Henry V      

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