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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 January 11, 2018).*

1. A Midsummer Night's Dream (123 productions)
2. Romeo and Juliet (93)
    Hamlet (93)
4. Twelfth Night (88)
5. Much Ado About Nothing (84)
6. Macbeth (78)
7. The Tempest (77)
8. As You Like It (69)
9. The Taming of the Shrew (67)
10. Julius Caesar (66)
11. The Comedy of Errors (56)
12. King Lear (55)
13. Richard III (49)
     The Winter's Tale (49)
15. Othello (48)
16. Love's Labour's Lost (47)
17. The Merry Wives of Windsor (46)
18. The Merchant of Venice (42)
19. Measure for Measure (39)
20. The Two Gentlemen of Verona (37)
21. Henry V (36)
22. Antony and Cleopatra (33)
23. Titus Andronicus (30)
      Pericles, Prince of Tyre (30)
25. Cymbeline (28)
26. Richard II (24)
      All's Well That Ends Well (24)
28. King John (22)
29. Henry IV, Part 1 (20)
30. Coriolanus (19)
31. Troilus and Cressida (15)
      Timon of Athens (15)
33. Henry IV, Part 2 (10)
      Henry VI, Part 1 (10)
35. The Two Noble Kinsmen (9)
36. Henry IV, Parts 1 & 2 [conflation] (8)
      Henry VI, Part 2 (8)
38. Henry VI, Part 3 (7)
      Henry VI, Parts 1, 2 & 3 [conflation] (7)
      Henry VIII (7)
41. Edward III (6)
42. Rape of Lucrece (4)
43. Arden of Faversham (2)
      Cardenio (or Double Falsehood) (0)
      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 (10)
    Hamlet
3. Romeo and Juliet (9)
    Much Ado About Nothing (9)
5. Julius Caesar (8)
6. Othello (7)
    Twelfth Night (7)
    A Midsummer Night's Dream (7)
    As You Like It (7)
    The Tempest (7)
11. King John (6)
      The Comedy of Errors (6)
      Richard III (6)
14. The Merchant of Venice (5)
      The Winter's Tale (5)
      All's Well That Ends Well (5)
17. Love's Labour's Lost (4)
      The Taming of the Shrew (4)
      Richard II (4)
      King Lear (4)
21. Antony and Cleopatra (3)
      Henry V (3)
      Henry IV, Part 1 (3)
      The Merry Wives of Windsor (3)
      Pericles, Prince of Tyre (3)
26. Titus Andronicus (2)
      Measure for Measure (2)
      Edward III (2)
      Timon of Athens (2)
      Coriolanus (2)
31. Henry VI, Parts 1, 2, & 3 [conflation] (1)
      Henry VI, Part 3 (1)
      Henry IV, Part 2 (1)
      Henry VI, Part 1 (1)
      Henry VI, Part 2 (1)
      Two Noble Kinsmen (1)
      Arden of Faversham (1)
      Two Gentlemen of Verona (1)
39. Cymbeline (none)
      Troilus and Cressida (none)
      Henry VIII (none)
      Sonnets (none)
      Venus and Adonis (none)
      Rape of Lucrece (none)
      Henry IV, Parts 1 & 2 [conflation] (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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