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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 July 31, 2018).*

1. A Midsummer Night's Dream (144 productions)
2. Romeo and Juliet (113)
3. Hamlet (107)
4. Twelfth Night (104)
5. Macbeth (101)
6. Much Ado About Nothing (95)
7. As You Like It (85)
    The Tempest (85)
9. The Taming of the Shrew (77)
10. Julius Caesar (73)
11. The Comedy of Errors (68)
12. King Lear (62)
13. Othello (56)
14. The Winter's Tale (57)
      Richard III (57)
16. Love's Labour's Lost (55)
17. The Merry Wives of Windsor (53)
18. The Merchant of Venice (45)
19.The Two Gentlemen of Verona (44)
20. Measure for Measure (41)
21. Henry V (39)
22. Titus Andronicus (36)
23. Pericles, Prince of Tyre (35)
24. Antony and Cleopatra (34)
25. All's Well That Ends Well (33)
26. Cymbeline (31)
27. Henry IV, Part One (29)
28. Richard II (28)
29. King John (24)
      Coriolanus (24)
31. Troilus and Cressida (17)
      Timon of Athens (17)
33. Henry IV, Part Two (13)
34. Henry VI, Part One (10)
      The Two Noble Kinsmen (10)
36. Henry IV, Parts 1 & 2 [conflation] (9)
      Henry VI, Part Two (9)
      Henry VI, Part Three (9)
      Henry VIII (9)
      Henry VI, Parts 1, 2 & 3 [conflation] (9)
41. Edward III (8)
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)
      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 (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)
8. Othello (18)
    The Comedy of Errors (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)
44. 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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