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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

Twelfth Night

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

The Two Noble Kinsmen

The Winter's Tale

  1. Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, England
    1986. Directed by Terry Hands: Jeremy Irons (Leontes), Penny Downie (Hermione, Perdita), Paul Greenwood (Polixenes), Nathaniel Parker (Florizel) Gillian Barge (Paulina), Joe Melia (Autolycus), Simon Russell Beale (Clown).
  2. National Theatre (End Games Festival), Cottesloe Theatre, London, England
    1988. Directed by Peter Hall: Tim Pigott-Smith (Leontes), Sally Dexter (Hermione), Peter Woodward (Polixenes), Shirley Henderson (Perdita), Eileen Atkins (Paulina), Ken Stott (Autolycus), Michael Bryant (Old Shepherd).
  3. College of Charleston, Robinson Theatre, Charleston, S.C.
    April 2, 1993. Directed by Timothy Hedgepeth: Peter O'Beirne (Leontes), Jennifer Dersin (Hermione), John A. Warrick (Polixenes), Guerry McLaurin (Autolycus), Anastasia Spivey (Perdita), Scott Schlesser (A bear).
  4. Shakespeare Repertory Theater, Ruth Page Theater, Chicago, Ill.
    November 1995. Directed by Barbara Gaines: Sam Tsoutsouvas (Leontes), Lisa Dodson (Hermione), Peter Aylward (Polixenes), Starina Catchatoorian (Perdita), Cheryl Lynn Bruce (Paulina), Kevin Gudahl (Autolycus).
  5. Folger Theatre, Washington, D.C.
    February 25, 2009. Directed by Blake Robison: Daniel Stewart (Leontes), Connan Morrissey (Hermione), David Whalen (Polixenes), Naomi Jacobson (Paulina), Laura C. Harris (Perdita), Anthony Cochrane (Autolycus), Dan Crane (Florizel).
  6. Royal Shakespeare Company, Park Avenue Armory, New York, N.Y.
    August 6, 2011. Directed by David Farr: Greg Hicks (Leontes), Kelly Hunter (Hermione), Darrell D'Silva (Polixenes), Noma Dumezweni (Paulina), David Rubin (Antigonus), Brian Doherty (Autolycus), Samantha Young (Perdita).
  7. American Shakespeare Center, Blackfriars Playhouse, Staunton, Va.
    April 28, 2012. Directed by Jim Warren: Stephanie Holladay Earl (Hermione), Eugene Douglas (Leontes), Jake Mahler (Autolycus), Denice Mahler (Mamillus, Perdita), Bridget Rue (Paulina), Patrick Earl (Polixenes), Ronald Peet (Shepherd).
  8. Shakespeare Theatre Company, Lansburgh Theatre, Washington, D.C.
    May 22, 2013. Directed by Rebecca Taichman: Hannah Yelland (Hermione), Mark Harelik (Leontes, Autolycus), Patrick Earl (Polixenes), Ted van Griethuysen (Antigonus, Old Shepherd), Heather Wood (Mamillus, Perdita, Time).
  9. Pearl Theatre Company, New York, N.Y.
    March 7, 2015. Directed by Michael Sexton: Peter Francis James (Leontes), Jolly Abraham (Hermione, Mopsa), Steve Cuiffo (Antigonus), Tom Nelis (Camillo) Dominic Cuskern (Antigonus, Old Shepherd), James Udom (Mamillus, Florizel), Adam Green (Clown).
  10. American Shakespeare Center, Blackfriars Playhouse, Staunton, Va.
    September 19, 2015. Directed by Jenny Bennett: Abbi Hawk (Hermione), James Keegan (Leontes), John Harrell (Autolycus, Archidamus, Time), Stephanie Holladay Earl (Mamillus, Perdita), Sarah Fallon (Paulina), René Thornton Jr. (Polixenes), Allison Glenzer (Shepherd).
  11. National Ballet of Canada, Kennedy Center Opera House, Washington, D.C.
    January 20, 2016. Choreography by Christopher Wheeldon: Jurgita Dronina (Hermione), Evan McKie (Leontes), Elena Lobsanova (Perdita), Svetlana Lunkina (Paulina), Antony Tcherny (Mamillus), Francesco Gabrile Frola (Florizel), Brendan Saye (Polixenes).
  12. Baltimore Shakespeare Factory, St. Mary's Community Center, Baltimore, Md.
    February 20, 2016. Directed by James Keegan: Chris Cotterman (Leontes), Valerie Dowdle (Hermione), Kathryn Zoerb (Perdita, Mamillus), Marianne Gazzola Angelella (Paulina, Time), Jess Behar (Autolycus), Rena Marie (Clown), Conrad Deitrick (Camillo).
  13. Folger Theatre, Washington, D.C.
    March 18, 2018. Directed by Aaron Posner: Michael Tisdale (Leontes), Katie deBuys (Hermione), Daven Ralston (Perdita, Mamillus), Grace Gonglewski (Paulina), Kimberly Gilbert (Autolycus), Joshua Thomas (Young Shepherd), Drew Drake (Florizel), Eric Hissom (Camillo, Antigonus, Storyteller).
  14. Shakespeare by the Sea, Point Fermin Park, San Pedro, California
    June 23, 2018. Directed by Stephanie Coltrin: Patrick Vest (Leontes), Bridgid M. Rose (Paulina), Leah Dalrymple (Hermione, Dorcas), Allie Pratt (Perdita, Mamillus), B.J Allman (Polixenes), Cylan Brown (Autolycuss), Tom Killam (Old Shepherd), Jonathan Fisher (Clown).
  15. American Shakespeare Center, Blackfriars Playhouse, Staunton, Virginia
    May 11, 2019. Directed by Kevin Rich: Ronald Román-Meléndez (Leontes), Ally Farzetta (Hermione, Mopsa), Annabelle Rollison (Paulina, Dorcas), Constance Swain (Perdita, Mamillus), Josh Clark (Florizel), Kenn Hopkins Jr (Polixenes), Shepherd's Son (Topher Embrey).
  16. Shakespeare Academy @ Stratford, American Shakespeare State Park, Stratford, Connecticut.
    August 3, 2019. Directed by Sara Holdren: Ashley Visker (Leontes), Sofía Mayorga (Hermione), Sean Gassaway (Polixenes), Lainey Helmers (Mamillius), Rebecca Salzhauer (Camillo), Genevieve Wisdom (Florizel), Haillie Perlman (Autolycus), Justin Von Stein (Clown), Anna Lewis (Shepherd).
  17. The Wheel Theatre Company, DC Arts Center, Washington, D.C.
    October 19, 2019. Directed by Jack Read: Lee Havlicek (Leontes), Elizabeth Ung (Hermione), Colton Needles (Polixenes), Mackenzie Larsen (Perdita, Mamillius), Azandre Oge (Camillo), Shaquille Stewart (Florizel), Moira Todd (Autolycus), Maria Simpkins (Paulina), Aron Spellane (Antigonus).
  18. Folger Theatre, Washington, D.C.
    November 11, 2023. Directed by Tamilla Woodard: Hadi Tabbal (Leontes), Antoinette Crowe-Legacy (Hermione), Drew Kopas (Polixenes), Cody Nickell (Camillo), Kate Eastwood Norris (Paulina), Stephen Patrick Martin (Antigonus, Old Shepherd), Reza Salazar (Autolycus), Kayleandra White (Perdita).

The Sonnets

The Rape of Lucrece

Venus and Adonis


Non-Shakespeare Productions