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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 October 16, 2018).*

1. A Midsummer Night's Dream (150 productions)
2. Romeo and Juliet (117)
3. Hamlet (114)
4. Macbeth (110)
5. Twelfth Night (105)
6. Much Ado About Nothing (99)
7. As You Like It (91)
8. The Tempest (89)
9. The Taming of the Shrew (80)
10. Julius Caesar (74)
11. The Comedy of Errors (73)
12. King Lear (64)
13. Othello (62)
14. The Winter's Tale (60)
13. Richard III (58)
16. Love's Labour's Lost (55)
17. The Merry Wives of Windsor (54)
18. The Merchant of Venice (46)
19. The Two Gentlemen of Verona (45)
20. Measure for Measure (42)
21. Henry V (41)
22. Titus Andronicus (38)
23. Pericles, Prince of Tyre (35)
      All's Well That Ends Well (35)
25. Antony and Cleopatra (34)
26. Cymbeline (32)
27. Henry IV, Part One (30)
28. Richard II (28)
29. Coriolanus (25)
30. King John (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)
      Henry VIII (10)
      Henry IV, Parts 1 & 2 [conflation] (10)
38. Henry VI, Part Two (9)
      Henry VI, Part Three (9)
      Henry VI, Parts 1, 2 & 3 [conflation] (9)
41. Edward III (8)
42. Rape of Lucrece (5)
      Arden of Faversham (5)
44. Cardenio (or Double Falsehood) (2)
      Venus and Adonis (2)
       The Spanish Tragedy (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 (9)
2. Hamlet (7)
3. As You Like It (6)
    A Midsummer Night's Dream (6)
5. Romeo and Juliet (5)
6. The Comedy of Errors (4)
    The Tempest (4)
    Much Ado About Nothing (4)
9. Othello (3)
    The Taming of the Shrew (3)
    The Winter's Tale (3)
12. Titus Andronicus (2)
      The Spanish Tragedy (2)
      King Lear (2)
      Henry V (2)
16. Julius Caesar (1)
      Two Gentlemen of Verona (1)
      The Merry Wives of Windsor (1)
      Henry VIII (1)
      All's Well That Ends Well (1)
      Coriolanus (1)
      Measure for Measure (1)
      Arden of Faversham (1)
      Richard III (1)
      The Merchant of Venice (1)
      Cymbeline (1)
      Henry IV, Parts 1 & 2 [conflation] (1)
      Henry IV, Part One (1)
      Twelfth Night (1)

Antony and CleopatraCardenio or Double Falsehood
Edward III
Henry IV, Part Two
Henry VI, Part One
Henry VI, Part Two
Henry VI, Part Three
Henry VI, Parts 1, 2, & 3 [conflation]
King John
Love's Labour's Lost
Pericles, Prince of Tyre
Rape of Lucrece
Richard II
Sir Thomas More
Sonnets
Timon of Athens
Troilus and Cressida
Two Noble Kinsmen
Venus and Adonis 

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

 

2017-2018 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)
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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