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Shakespeare Productions Seen: The Ranking

Often I'm asked, which Shakespeare play have I seen most often? The answer has more to do with prevalence of a play's production than my own personal favorites, because I will see any Shakespeare production I can get to. Thus, the following list isn't ranked according to my personal preferences but the general public's preferences (or, at least, those of theater impresarios). This list is only stage productions, not films or television broadcasts, but in the case of a tie I consider screen versions I've seen as a tiebreaker.

The order of this list will alter over time, I'm sure. Number of productions seen per play is in parenthesis.

  1. A Midsummer Night's Dream (34)
  2. Romeo and Juliet (33)
  3. Hamlet (27)
  4. Twelfth Night (27)
  5. As You Like It (22)
  6. King Lear (21)
  7. The Comedy of Errors (21)
  8. Richard III (20)
  9. Merchant of Venice (20)
  10. The Taming of the Shrew (19)
  11. Much Ado About Nothing (19)
  12. The Tempest (19)
  13. Macbeth (18)
  14. Julius Caesar (16, plus one conflation)
  15. Henry IV, Part 1 (15, plus four conflations)
  16. Othello (15)
  17. Two Gentlemen of Verona (15)
  18. Merry Wives of Windsor (15)
  19. The Winter's Tale (14)
  20. Measure for Measure (14)
  21. Love's Labours Lost (14)
  22. Antony and Cleopatra (13, plus one conflation)
  23. Henry V (12, plus two conflations)
  24. Henry IV, Part 2 (11, plus four conflations)
  25. Coriolanus (9, plus one conflation)
  26. Titus Andronicus (8)
  27. Pericles (8)
  28. All's Well that Ends Well (8)
  29. Cymbeline (8)
  30. Richard II (7, plus one conflation)
  31. King John (7)
  32. Timon of Athens (6)
  33. Troilus and Cressida (6)
  34. Henry VI, Part 1 (5, plus three conflations)
  35. Two Noble Kinsmen (5)
  36. Henry VI, Part 2 (4, plus three conflations)
  37. Henry VI, Part 3 (4, plus three conflations)
  38. Henry VIII (3)
  39. Arden of Faversham (3)
  40. Edward III (3)
  41. Cardenio (aka Double Falsehood) (1)
  42. The Spanish Tragedy (1)
  43. Sonnets (1)
  44. Venus and Adonis (1)
  45. The Rape of Lucrece (1)
  46. A Yorkshire Tragedy (1)

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