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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 April 14, 2018).*

1. A Midsummer Night's Dream (133 productions)
2. Romeo and Juliet (104)
3. Hamlet (102)
4. Twelfth Night (97)
5. Much Ado About Nothing (94)
6. Macbeth (92)
7. The Tempest (81)
8. As You Like It (80)
9. The Taming of the Shrew (76)
10. Julius Caesar (68)
11. The Comedy of Errors (65)
12. King Lear (60)
13. The Winter's Tale (55)     
14. Richard III (54)
15. Othello (53)
      Love's Labour's Lost (53)
17. The Merry Wives of Windsor (51)
18. The Merchant of Venice (44)
19.The Two Gentlemen of Verona (40)
20. Measure for Measure (39)
21. Henry V (38)
22. Titus Andronicus (35)
23. Pericles, Prince of Tyre (34)
24. Antony and Cleopatra (33)
25. All's Well That Ends Well (30)
      Cymbeline (30)
27. Richard II (26)
      Henry IV, Part One (26)
29. King John (23)
      Coriolanus (23)
31. Troilus and Cressida (17)
      Timon of Athens (17)
33. Henry IV, Part Two (12)
34. Henry VI, Part One (10)
      The Two Noble Kinsmen (10)
36. Henry IV, Parts 1 & 2 [conflation] (9)
37. Henry VI, Part Two (8)
      Edward III (8)
      Henry VI, Parts 1, 2 & 3 [conflation] (8)
      Henry VI, Part Three (8)
41. Henry VIII (7)
42. Rape of Lucrece (5)
43. Arden of Faversham (4)
44. Cardenio (or Double Falsehood) (2)
      Venus and Adonis (2)
46. Sonnets (1)
      Famous Victories of Henry V (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 (24)
2. Romeo and Juliet (20)
3. Hamlet (19)
    Much Ado About Nothing (19)
5. As You Like It (17)
    A Midsummer Night's Dream (17)
7. Twelfth Night (16)
8. The Comedy of Errors (15)
9. The Taming of the Shrew (13)
10. Othello (12)
11. All's Well That Ends Well (11)
     The Winter's Tale (11)
     Richard III (11)
     The Tempest (11)
15. Julius Caesar (10)
      Love's Labour's Lost (10)
17. King Lear (9)
      Henry IV, Part One (9)
19. The Merry Wives of Windsor (8)
20. King John (7)
      The Merchant of Venice (7)
      Titus Andronicus (7)
      Pericles, Prince of Tyre (7)
24. Richard II (6)
      Coriolanus (6)
26.  Henry V (5)
27. Two Gentlemen of Verona (4)
      Timon of Athens (4)
29. Edward III (3)
      Arden of Faversham (3)
      Antony and Cleopatra (3)
      Troilus and Cressida (3)
      Cymbeline (3)
      Henry IV, Part Two (3)
35. Measure for Measure (2)
      Henry VI, Parts 1, 2, & 3 [conflation] (2)
      Henry VI, Part Three (2)
38. 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)
43. Henry VIII (none)
      Sonnets (none)
      Venus and Adonis (none)
      Cardenio (or Double Falsehood) (none)
      Famous Victories of Henry V (none)      

** Productions announced from August 1, 2017, to July 31, 2018.

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