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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

Timon of Athens

Titus Andronicus

Troilus and Cressida

  1. Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, England
    1985. Directed by Howard Davies: Anton Lesser (Troilus), Juliet Stevenson (Cressida), Cliver Merrison (Pandarus), Alun Armstrong (Thersites), Lindsay Duncan (Helen), Peter Jeffrey (Ulysses), David Burke (Hector).
  2. Royal Shakespeare Company, Barbican Theatre, London, England
    1986. Directed by Howard Davies: Anton Lesser (Troilus), Emma D'Inverno (Cressida), Cliver Merrison (Pandarus), Christopher Wright (Thersites), Lindsay Duncan (Helen), Peter Jeffrey (Ulysses), David Burke (Hector).
  3. Oregon Shakespeare Festival, New Theatre, Ashland, Ore.
    August 16, 2012, Directed by Bob Melrose: Raffi Barsoumian (Troilus), Brittany Brook (Cressida), Barzin Akhavan (Pandarus), Bernard White (Hector), Michael Elich (Thersites), Mark Murphey (Ulysses), Peter Macon (Achilles).
  4. American Shakespeare Center, Blackfriars Playhouse, Staunton, Va.
    September 27, 2013, Directed by Jim Warren: Gregory Jon Phelps (Troilus), Lee Fitzpatrick (Cressida), John Harrell (Pandarus, Ajax), Chris Johnston (Hector), Allison Glenzer (Thersites), René Thornton Jr. (Ulysses), Benjamin Curn (Achilles), Dylan Paul (Paris, Nestor).
  5. Cry, Trojans!, The Wooster Group, St. Ann's Warehouse, Brooklyn, N.Y.
    April 4, 2015, Directed by Elizabeth LeCompte: Scott Shepherd (Troilus, Agamemnon, Achilles), Kate Valk (Cressida), Greg Mehrten (Pandarus, Thersites), Ari Fliakos (Hector, Diomedes), Suzzy Roche (Cassandra), Koosil-ja (Andromache).
  6. Long Beach Shakespeare Company, Richard Goad Theatre, Long Beach, Calif.
    September 2, 2018, Directed by Brandon Alexander Cutts: Aaron Joseph (Troilus), Amanda Swearingen (Cressida), Brando Cutts (Ulysses), Ryan Zimmer (Hector), Leonardo Lerma (Thersites), Andy Kallock (Nestor, Priam), Ryanna Dunn (Aeneas, Helen).

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