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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

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

  1. Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, England
    December 1978. Directed by Barry Kyle: Michael Pennington (Duke), Jonathan Pryce (Angelo), Paola Dionisotti (Isabel), John Nettles (Lucio), Richard Griffiths (Pompey), Conrad Asquith (Barnardine), Marjorie Bland (Mariana).
  2. Young Vic, London, England
    1985. Directed by David Thacker: Peter Guinness (Duke), John Gillett (Angelo), Joanna Foster (Isabella), Rob Edwards (Lucio), David Boyce (Pompey), Andy Readman (Claudio), Will Tracey (Provost), Roger Watkins (Elbow, Barnadine).
  3. Royal Shakespeare Company, Barbican Theatre, London, England
    1988. Directed by Nicholas Hytner: Roger Allam (Duke), Josette Simon (Isabella), John Shrapnel (Angelo), Alex Jennings (Lucio), Mark Dignam (Escalus), Phil Daniels (Pompey), Hakeem Kae-Kazim (Claudio).
  4. Alabama Shakespeare Festival, The Octagon, Montgomery, Ala.
    July 5, 1998. Directed by Derek Anson Jones: Rodney Clark (Duke), Kathleen McCall (Isabella), Andrew Long (Angelo), John Preston (Lucio), Donald Christopher (Escalus), Jeff Obafemi Carr (Pompey), John Woodson (Elbow).
  5. American Shakespeare Center, Blackfriars Playhouse, Staunton, Va.
    May 7, 2005. Directed by Fred Nelson: Jason Vail (Duke), Elizabeth Ruelas (Isabella), Gregory Jon Phelps (Angelo), Jeremy West (Escalus), Paul Figalgo (Lucio), Christopher Seiler (Pompey), Alyssa Wilmoth (Elbow).
  6. Folger Theatre, Washington, D.C.
    February 1, 2006. Directed by Aaron Posner: Mark Zeisler (Duke), Karen Peakes (Isabella), Ian Merrill Peakes (Angelo), Bob Barr (Escalus), David Emerson Toney (Lucio), David Marks (Pompey), Todd Scofield, Tony Nam (Puppeteers).
  7. American Shakespeare Center, Blackfriars Playhouse, Staunton, Va.
    Dec. 4, 2010. Directed by Jim Warren: Chad Bradford (Duke), Brandi Rhome (Isabella), Jake Mahler (Angelo), Jonathan Holtzman (Escalus, Bernardine), Rick Blunt (Lucio), Dennis Henry (Pompey), Denice Burbach (Elbow, Mariana).
  8. Shakespeare in Delaware Park, Buffalo, N.Y.
    July 30, 2013. Directed by Brian Cavanagh: Matt Witten (Sheriff), Susan Drozd (Isabella), Patrick Moltane (Angelo), Zak Ward (Lucio), Steve Petersen (Escalus), Larry Smith (Provost), Diane Curley (Francisca, Mariana), Ray Boucher (Pompey).
  9. Shakespeare Theatre Company, Lansburgh Theatre, Washington, D.C.
    September 23, 2013. Directed by Jonathan Munby: Kurt Rhoads (Duke), Miriam Silverman (Isabella), Scott Parkinson (Angelo), Cameron Folmar (Lucio), Chris Genebach (Pompey), Eric Martin Brown (Provost), Jack Wetherall (Escalus), Avery Clark (Claudio).
  10. Fiasco Theater, New Victory Theatre, New York, N.Y.
    March 1, 2014. Directed by Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld: Andy Grotelueschen (Duke), Emily Young (Isabella, Mistress Overdone), Paul L. Coffey (Angelo, Elbow), Ben Steinfeld (Lucio, Froth), Noah Brody (Pompey, Claudio), Jessie Austrian (Escalus/Provost, Mariana).
  11. American Shakespeare Center, Blackfriars Playhouse, Staunton, Va.
    Jan. 30, 2016. Actors' Renaissance Season: John Harrell (Duke), Allison Glenzer (Isabella), Jonathan Holtzman (Angelo), Chris Johnston (Lucio), Patrick Midgley (Pompey), Chad Bradford (Provost), Aidan O'Reilly (Escalus, Bernardine), Benjamin Reed (Claudio, Froth).
  12. The Night Shift, Alchemical Theatre Laboratory, New York, N.Y.
    March 23, 2017. Directed by Jonathan Minton: Colin B. Gold (Duke), Tom Harney (Angelo), Yhá Mourhia Wright (Isabella, Barnardine), Mariette Strauss (Pompey, Juliet), Christopher Alexey Diaz (Claudio, Elbow), Brian Nemiroff (Lucio), Lisa Egan Woods (Marianna).
  13. Theatre for a New Audience, Brooklyn, N.Y.
    June 29, 2017. Directed by Simon Godwin: Jonathan Cake (Duke), Cara Ricketts (Isabella), Thomas Jay Ryany (Angelo), Christopher Michael McFarland (Pompey), Oberon K.A. Adjepong (Provost), Haynes Thigpen (Lucio), Merritt Janson (Mariana).
  14. American Players Theatre, Up-the-Hill Theatre, Spring Green, Wisconsin
    August 18, 2018. Directed by Risa Brainin: James Ridghe (Duke), Melisa Pereyra (Isabella), Marcus Truschinski (Angelo), Casey Hoekstra (Lucio), Alejandro Cordoba (Provost), David Daniel (Pompey) Gavin Lawrence (Escalus), Roberto Tolentino (Claudio).

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