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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

Richard III

Romeo and Juliet

The Spanish Tragedy

The Taming of the Shrew

The Tempest

  1. Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, England
    December 1978. Directed by Clifford Williams: Michael Hordern (Prospero), Ian Charleson (Ariel), David Suchet (Caliban), Richard Griffiths (Trinculo), Paul Moriarty (Stephano), Sheridan Fitgerald (Miranda), Alan Rickman (Ferdinand).
  2. National Theatre (End Games Festival), Cottesloe Theatre, London, England
    1988. Directed by Peter Hall: Michael Bryant (Prospero), Steven Mackintosh (Ariel), Tony Haygarth (Caliban), Jennifer Hall (Miranda), Ken Stott (Antonio), Tim Pigott-Smith (Trinculo), John Bluthal (Stephano), Tony Church (Gonzalo).
  3. Atlanta Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare Tavern, Atlanta, Ga.
    January 4 & 19, 1997. Directed by Tony Wright: Robert Browning (Prospero), Sarah Lancaster (Ariel), Mark Douglas-Jones (Antonio), Jeffrey Watkins (Caliban), Drew Reeves (Trinculo), Doug Kaye (Stephano).
  4. Atlanta Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare Tavern, Atlanta, Ga.
    January 6, 2001. Directed by Jeff Watkins: Jeffrey Watkins (Prospero), Daniel Pettrow (Ariel), Trent Merchant (Caliban), Melanie Colvert (Miranda), John Fischer (Ferdinand), Charles Nelson (Antonio), Maurice Ralston (Trinculo).
  5. Shakespeare Theatre Company, Lansburgh Theatre, Washington, D.C.
    April 27, 2005. Directed by Kate Whoriskey: Philip Goodwin (Prospero), Daniel Breaker (Ariel), Daoud Heidami (Caliban), Samantha Soule (Miranda), Duane Boutte (Ferdinand), Michael Rudko (Alonso), Jeff Allen (Sebastian).
  6. Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Boscobel Restoration, Garrison, N.Y.
    July 3, 2005. Directed by Terrence O'Brien: Stephen Paul Johnson (Prospero), Joey Parsons (Ariel), Chris Edwards (Caliban), Donald Warfield (Gonzalo), Wesley Mann (Stephano), Frederick Snyder (Trinculo), Erin Buckley (Miranda).
  7. American Shakespeare Center, Blackfriars Playhouse, Staunton, Va.
    October 8, 2011. Directed by Jim Warren: James Keegan (Prospero), Gregory Jon Phelps (Ariel), Miriam Donald (Miranda), Benjamin Curns (Caliban), Patrick Midgley (Ferdinand), Chris Johnston (Stephano), Allison Glenzer (Trinculo).
  8. Synetic Theater, Arlington, Va.
    February 27, 2013. Directed by Paata Tsikurishvili: Philip Fletcher (Prospero), Dan Istrate (Ariel), Irina Kavsadze (Miranda), Vato Tsikurishvili (Caliban), Scott Brown (Ferdinand), Irakli Kavsadze (Stephano), Emily Whitworth (Trinculo).
  9. Olney Theatre Center, Olney, Md.
    July 31, 2014. Directed by Jason King Jones: Craig Wallace (Prospero), Julie-Ann Elliott (Ariel), Leah Filley (Miranda), Ryan Mitchell (Caliban), Alexander Korman (Ferdinand), Paul Morella (Antonio), Christopher Richardson (Sebastian).
  10. Shakespeare Theatre Company, Sidney Harman Hall, Washington, D.C.
    December 10, 2014. Directed by Ethan McSweeny: Gerain Wyn Davies (Prospero), Rachel Mewbron (Miranda), Clifton Duncan (Caliban), Gregory Linington (Antonio), Sofia Jean Gomez (Ariel), Alexander Korman (Ferdinand).
  11. Aquila Theatre, George Mason University's Center for the Arts, Fairfax, Va.
    January 23, 2015. Directed by Desiree Sanchez: James Lavender (Prospero), Tara Crabbe (Miranda), Joseph Cappellazzi (Caliban, Ferdinand), Carys Lewis (Ariel, Gonzalo), Michael Ring (Antonio, Stephano), Rupert Baldwin (Alonso, Trinculo).
  12. Taffety Punk Theatre Company, Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, Washingon, D.C.
    February 6, 2014. Directed by Lise Bruneau: Isabelle Anderson (Prospero), Esther Williamson (Antonio), Tonya Beckman (Ariel, Caliban), Teresa Spencer (Ferdinand, Sebastian), Amanda Forstrom (Miranda, Trinculo), Toni Rae Salmi (Stephano, Gonzalo).
  13. American Shakespeare Center, Blackfriars Playhouse, Staunton, Va.
    January 30, 2016. Actors' Renaissance Season: René Thornton Jr. (Prospero), Chris Johnston (Ariel), Lauren Ballard (Miranda), Patrick Midgley (Caliban), Chad Bradford (Ferdinand), John Harrell (Stephano), Aiden O'Reilly (Trinculo), Jonathan Holtzman (Alonso).
  14. Shakespeare Theatre Company, Sidney Harman Hall, Washington, D.C.
    August 17, 2016. Directed by Ethan McSweeny: Patrick Page (Prospero), Rachel Mewbron (Miranda), Sara Topham (Ariel), Clifton Duncan (Caliban), Alexander Korman (Ferdinand), Edward Gero (Alonso), Gregory Linington (Antonio), David Bishins (Sebastian).
  15. Donmar Warehouse, St. Ann's Warehouse, Brooklyn, N.Y.
    January 28, 2017. Directed by Phyllida Lloyd: Harriet Walter (Prospero), Leah Harvey (Miranda), Jade Anouka (Ariel), Sophie Stanton (Caliban), Sheila Atim (Ferdinand), Carolina Valdés (Antonio), Martina Laird (Alonso), Zainab Hasan (Gonzalo).
  16. Shakespeare & Company, Roman Garden Theatre, Lennox, Mass.
    September 1, 2017. Directed by Allyn Burrows: Nigel Gore (Prospero), Ella Loudon (Miranda), Tamara Hickey (Ariel), Jason Asprey (Caliban), Deaon Griffin-Pressley (Ferdinand), Mark Zeisler (Antonio), Josh Aaron McCabe (Alonso, Stephano).
  17. Sweet Tea Shakespeare, 1897 Poe House, Fayetteville, N.C.
    June 16, 2018. Directed by Jeremy Fiebig: Duana M. Burby (Prospero), Tohry Petty (Ariel), Cerina Johnson (Caliban), Alexcia Thompson (Miranda), Jessica Osnoe (Ferdinand), Medina Demeter (Trinculo), Marie Lowe (Stephano), Jen Pommerenke (Gonzalo).
  18. The Old Globe, Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, San Diego, Calif.
    June 26, 2018. Directed by Joe Dowling: Kate Burton (Prospera), Philippe Bowgen (Ariel), Sam Avishay (Ferdinand), Nora Carroll (Miranda), Robert Dorgman (Stephano), Andrew Weems (Trinculo), René Thornton Jr. (Antonio), Manoel Felciano (Caliban).
  19. Stratford Festival, Festival Theatre, Stratford, Ontario
    September 11, 2018. Directed by Antoni Cimolino: Martha Henry (Prospero), André Morin (Ariel), Michael Blake (Caliban), Sébastian Heinz (Ferdinand), Mamie Swettler (Miranda), Tom McCamus (Stephano), Stephen Ouimette (Trinculo), Graham Abbey (Antonio), Rod Beattie (Gonzalo).

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