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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

The Merchant of Venice

The Merry Wives of Windsor

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Much Ado about Nothing



Richard II

  1. Royal Shakespeare Company, Barbican Theatre, London, England
    May 1987. Directed by Barry Kyle: Jeremy Irons (Richard), Michael Kitchen (Bolingbroke), Brewster Mason (Gaunt), Bernard Horsfall (York), Richard Easton (Northumberland), Paul Venables (Aumerle), Denica Fairman (Isabel).
  2. Shakespeare Theatre Company, Sydney Harman Hall, Washington, D.C.
    April 7, 2010. Directed by Michael Kahn: Michael Hayden (Richard II), Charles Borland (Bolingbroke), Ted van Griethuysen (York), Derrick Lee Weeden (Northumberland), Tom Story (Aumerle), Naomi Jacobson (Duchess of York).
  3. Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-Upon-Avon (RSC live cinema broadcast)
    December 2, 2013. Directed by Gregory Doran: David Tennant (Richard II), Nigel Lindsay (Bolingbroke), Oliver Ford Davies (York), Michael Pennington (Gaunt), Oliver Rix (Aumerle), Emma Hamilton (Queen), Antony Byrne (Mowbray).
  4. Mary Baldwin College MFA Performance Festival's "Rogue Shakespeare," Blackfriars Playhouse, Staunton, Va. April 1, 2014.
    Directed by Charlene V. Smith: Jessica Schiermeister (Richard II), Julia Gayden Nelson (Bolingbroke, Isabel, Salisbury), Mary Beth Geppert (York and 9 others), Stephanie Howieson (Gaunt and 8 others), Rebecca Hodder (Mowbray, Aumerle and 5 others).
  5. DruidShakespeare: The History Plays, Druid Theatre Company, Lincoln Center Festival, Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College, New York, New York
    July 11, 2015. Adapted by Mark O'Rowe, directed by Garry Hynes: Marty Rea (Richard), Derbhle Crotty (Bolingbroke), Bosco Hogan (John of Gaunt), Aaron Monaghan (Mowbray, Worcester, Exton), Garrett Lombard (Hotspure), Marie Mullen (Northumberland), Gavin Drea (Aumerle).
  6. Royal Shakespeare Company, BAM Harvey Theater, Brooklyn, N.Y.
    April 14, 2016. Directed by Gregory Doran: David Tennant (Richard II), Jasper Britton (Bolingbroke), Oliver Ford Davies (York), Julian Glover (Gaunt), Sarah Parks (Duchess of York), Sam Marks (Aumerle), Leigh Quinn (Queen), Christopher Middleton (Mowbray).
  7. Shakespeare's Globe, London England, (via "Globe on the Screen," Angelika Film Center Mosaic, Fairfax, Va.
    September 20, 2016. Directed by Simon Godwin. Charles Edwards (Richard), David Sturzaker (Bolingbroke), William Chubb (York), William Gaunt (John of Gaunt), Graham Butler (Aumerle), Oliver Boot (Mowbray, Carlisle), Anneika Rose (Isabel).
  8. American Shakespeare Center, Blackfriars Playhouse, Staunton, Virginia
    January 27, 2018. Actors' Renaissance Season. Sarah Fallon (Richard), David Anthony Lewis (Bolingbroke), John Harrell (York), Christopher Seiler (John of Gaunt, Bishop of Carlisle), Allie Babich (Aumerle), Josh Innerst (Mowbray, Hotspur), Lauren Ballard (Isabel), Jessika Williams (Duchess of York, Green).
  9. Brave Spirits Theatre, The Lab at Convergence, Alexandria, Virginia
    January 4, 2020. Directed by Charlene V. Smith. Gary DuBreuil (Richard), John Stange (Bolingbroke), Caroline Johnson (Isabel), Zach Brewster-Geisz (York), Tom Howley (John of Gaunt, Bishop of Carlisle, Glendower), Joshua Williams (Green, Hotspur), Dean Carlson (Northumberland), Lisa Hill-Corley (Duchess of York), Duane Richards (Aumerle).

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