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List of Shakespeare Productions

Montage of play programsI'm an opportunist. I don't care about the play's title or who is in it; if I have an affordable opportunity to see Shakespeare, I do so. If we're on vacation and discover some Shakespeare at the destination or en route, we order tickets.

With that in mind, this list is revealing in two ways. One, it represents through my experience what titles tend to be most often produced over the past 30 years.

Two, it proves to be a treasure of Hollywood who's who, most of whom were “who?” back when. Certainly, some actors were already headlining stars when I saw them in London (Vanessa Redgrave, Timothy Dalton) or in the United States (Lynn Redgrave, Al Pacino). Many more were my favorite stage actors in England but largely unrecognized outside the theaters. Long before they became internationally known as Lord Voldemort, Snape, Captain Picard, Ghandi, Dr. Octopus, Kenneth Branagh, and Judi Dench, they first impressed me as Romeo, Jaques, Enobarbus, Ford, Hastings, Petruchio, Navarre, and Judi Dench.

Keys to this list: Sarah and I have kept most of our tickets, so most productions going back to 1990 are listed with specific dates (some theaters don't date their tickets). The listed productions from the 1980s don't always have specific dates because I could rely only on playbills and programs (my parents kept some of the tickets of plays they attended with me). As for the 1970s, the only programs I have are those plays I attended with my parents in England; the rest are memories.

For the casts, I list only the principals, but include lesser roles when their portrayals were particularly memorable.

Eric Minton

Click on the play title to see the productions. Productions since 2009 are further described in the On Stage section of this website.

All's Well That End's Well

Antony and Cleopatra

  1. Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, England
    December 1978. Directed by Peter Brook: Glenda Jackson (Cleopatra), Alan Howard (Antony), Patrick Stewart (Enobarbus), Richard Griffiths (Messenger, Clown), Jonathan Pryce (Octavius), Alan Rickman (Alexas, Thidias).
  2. Theatre Royal Haymarket, London, England
    June 1986. Directed by Toby Roberts and Christopher Selbie (in repertoire with Taming of the Shrew): Vanessa Redgrave (Cleopatra), Timothy Dalton (Antony), Ken Bones (Octavius), Robert O'Mahoney (Enobarbus).
  3. National Theatre, Olivier Theatre, London, England
    1987. Directed by Peter Hall: Judi Dench (Cleopatra), Anthony Hopkins (Antony), Tim Pigott-Smith (Octavius), Michael Bryant (Enobarbus), Miranda Foster (Charmian), Helen Fitzgerald (Iras), David Schofield (Pompey).
  4. Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Festival Stage, Montgomery, Ala.
    July 4, 1998. Directed by Kent Thompson: Greta Lambert (Cleopatra), John Woodson (Antony), Harry Carnahan (Octavius), Greg Thornton (Enobarbus), Melissa Maxwell (Charmian), Elizabeth Long (Iras), Alvin J. Keith Jr. (Mardian).
  5. Atlanta Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare Tavern, Atlanta, Ga.
    November 18, 2000. Directed by Jeff Watkins: Jeffrey Watkins (Antony), Agnes Lucinda Harty (Cleopatra), David Harrell (Octavius), Maurice Ralston (Enobarbus), Jen Apgar (Charmian), Jennifer Akin (Iras, Octavia).
  6. Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park, Ellicott City, Md.
    June 8, 2013. Directed by Ralph Alan Cohen: Matt Radford Davies (Antony), Isabelle Anderson (Cleopatra), Patrick Kilpatrick (Octavius), Eric Humphries (Soothsayer, Messenger, Pompey, Dolabella), Kevin Costa (Enobarbus).
  7. Royal Shakespeare Company, The Anspacher at The Public Theater, New York, N.Y.
    March 1, 2014. Directed by Tarell Alvin McCraney: Jonathan Cake (Antony), Joaquina Kalukango (Cleopatra), Samuel Collings (Octavius), Chukwudi Iwuji (Enobarbus), Charise Castro Smith (Iras, Octavia), Sarah Niles (Charmian, Menas).
  8. Stratford Festival, Tom Patterson Theatre, Stratford, Ontario
    August 26, 2014. Directed by Gary Griffin: Yanna McIntosh (Cleopatra), Geraint Wyn Davies (Antony), Ben Carlson (Octavius), Tom McCamus (Enobarbus) Sophia Walker (Charmian), Carmen Grant (Octavia), Peter Hutt (Agrippa), Sean Arbuckle (Mecenas).
  9. American Shakespeare Center, Blackfriars Playhouse, Staunton, Virginia
    September 19, 2015. Directed by Jim Warren: Sarah Fallon (Cleopatra), James Keegan (Antony), Gregory Jon Phelps (Octavius), Rick Blunt (Enobarbus), Abbi Hawk (Charmian), Stephanie Holladay Earl (Iras, Octavia), John Harrell (Mardian, Scarus, Thidias).
  10. Brave Spirits Theatre, The Lab at Convergence, Alexandria, Virginia
    September 16, 2016. Directed by Charlene V. Smith: Joe Carlson (Antony), Jessica Lefkow (Cleopatra), Brendan McMahon (Octavius, Varrius), Madeline Burrows (Pompey, Soothsayer), Seth Rosenke (Mardian, Thidias), John Stange (Enobarbus, Messenger).
  11. Orlando Shakespeare Theater, Orlando, Florida
    April 27, 2017. Directed by Joseph Discher: Caralyn Kozlowski (Cleopatra), Michael Dorn (Antony), Jeorge Bennett Watson (Enobarbus), Topher Embrey (Eros), Kody Grassett (Agrippa), Sophia Blum (Charmian), Rodney Lizcano (Octavius).
  12. Folger Theatre, Washington, D.C.
    November 2, 2017. Directed by Robert Richmond: Cody Nickell (Antony), Shirine Babb (Cleopatra), Nigel Gore (Enobarbus), Dylan Paul (Octavius), Simoné Elizabeth Bart (Charmian), Chris Genebach (Agrippa), John Floyd (Mardian), Acacia Danielson (Iras, Octavia).
  13. Palm Beach Shakespeare Festival, Carlin Park, Jupiter, Fla.
    Juy 19, 2018. Directed by Trent Stephens: Kelly Lee Hussey (Cleopatra), Stephen Hedger (Antony), Darryl Willis (Enobarbus), Seth Trucks (Octavius), Zachary Myers (Lepidus), Kyle Glennum (Eros), Sara Grant (Charmian), Carlos Rivera Marin (Meridon, Soothsayer).
  14. American Shakespeare Center, Blackfriars Playhouse, Staunton, Va.
    August 18, 2019. Directed by Sharon Ott: Geoffrey Kent (Antony), Zoe Speas (Cleopatra), Chris Johnston (Enobarbus), Michael Manocchio (Octavius), David Watson (Lepidus), Annabelle Rollison (Eros), Constance Swain (Charmian), Brandon Carter (Mardian)

Arden of Faversham

As You Like It

Cardenio (aka Double Falsehood)

The Comedy of Errors



Edward III


Henry IV, Part 1

Henry IV, Part 2

[The Most Lamentable Comedy of Sir John Falstaff]

[The Mistorical Hystery of Henry (I)V]

Henry V

Henry VI, Part 1

Henry VI, Part 2

Henry VI, Part 3

Henry VI [conflation]

Henry VIII

Julius Caesar

King John

King Lear

Love's Labour's Lost


Measure for Measure

The Merchant of Venice

The Merry Wives of Windsor

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Much Ado about Nothing



Richard II

Richard III

Romeo and Juliet

The Spanish Tragedy

The Taming of the Shrew

The Tempest

Timon of Athens

Titus Andronicus

Troilus and Cressida

Twelfth Night

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

The Two Noble Kinsmen

The Winter's Tale

The Sonnets

The Rape of Lucrece

Venus and Adonis


Non-Shakespeare Productions