List of Shakespeare Productions
I’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.
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
As You Like It
Cardenio (aka Double Falsehood)
The Comedy of Errors
Henry IV, Part 1
Henry IV, Part 2
[The Most Lamentable Comedy of Sir John Falstaff]
[The Mistorical Hystery of Henry (I)V]
Henry VI, Part 1
Henry VI, Part 2
Henry VI, Part 3
[The Plantagenets: Henry VI]
[The Plantagenets: The Rise of Edward IV]
[The Plantagenets: Richard III, His Death]
[Henry VI: Revenge in France]
[Henry VI: Revolt in England]
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
- Royal Shakespeare Company, County Upper School, Bury Saint Edmunds, England
January 1987. Directed by Ron Daniels: Nigel Terry (Benedick), Fiona Shaw (Beatrice), Paul Rhys (Claudio), Martin Turner (Don Pedro), Paul Webster (Leonato), Jacqueline Dankworth (Hero), Dick Brannick (Dogberry).
- Renaissance Shakespeare Company, Phoenix Theatre, London, England
1988. Directed by Judi Dench: Samantha Bond (Beatrice), Kenneth Branagh (Benedick), Richard Easton (Leonato), Richard Clifford (Don Pedro), James Larkin (Claudio), Tam Hoskyns (Hero), David Lloyd Meredith (Dogberry).
- Atlanta Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare Tavern, Atlanta, Ga.
October 1997. Directed by Sally J. Robertson: Laura J. Cole (Beatrice), Tony Wright (Benedick), Dikran Tulaine (Don John), Robert Browning (Leonato), Kim Jackson (Hero), Peter Hauenstein (Don Pedro), Mark Douglas-Jones (Dogberry).
- Shakespeare Theatre Company, Carter Barron, Washington, D.C.
May 2004. Directed by P.J. Paparelli: Casey Biggs (Benedick), Sabrina LeBeauf (Beatrice), Dana Slamp (Hero), Bill Thompson (Claudio), Geoffrey Lower (Don Pedro), Michael Santo (Leonato), Floyd King (Dogberry), Erika Rose (Margaret).
- Folger Theatre, Washington, D.C.
November 17, 2005. Directed by Nick Hutchison: P.J. Sosko (Benedick), Kate Eastwood Norris (Beatrice), Tiffany Fillmore (Hero), Dean Alai (Claudio), James Denvil (Don Pedro), Timmy Ray James (Leonato), Jim Zidar (Dogberry).
- American Shakespeare Center, Blackfriars Playhouse, Staunton, Va.
August 22, 2009. Directed by Jim Warren: Rene Thornton Jr. (Benedick), Sarah Fallon (Beatrice), Victoria Reinsel (Hero), Tobias Shaw (Claudio), Christopher Seiler (Dogberry), Luke Eddy (Don John, Verges), Allison Glenzer (Borachio).
- Folger Theatre, Washington, D.C.
November 12, 2009. Directed by Timothy Douglas: Howard W. Overshown (Benedick), Rachel Leslie (Beatrice), Roxi Victorian (Hero), Alex Perez (Dogberry), Craig Wallace (Brother), Dionne Audain (Borachio).
- Shakespeare Theatre Company, Sidney Harman Hall, Washington, D.C.
December 7, 2011. Directed by Ethan McSweeny: Derek Smith (Benedick), Kathryn Meisle (Beatrice), Rachel Spencer Hewitt (Margaret), Mark Hairston (Borachio), Ted van Griethuysen (Dogberry), Matthew Saldivar (Don John).
- American Shakespeare Center, Blackfriars Playhouse, Staunton, Va. Jan. 21, 2012.
Actors' Renaissance Season: Benjamin Curns (Benedick), Miriam Donald (Beatrice), John Harrell (Dogberry), Chris Johnston (Claudio), Rene Thornton Jr. (Leonato), Aidan O'Reilly (Don John), Daniel Kennedy (Antonio).
- Emily Tuckman's Drama Class, Brooklyn Technical High School, New York N.Y.
January 9, 2013. [30-minute adaptation.] Alex Gibbons (Benedick), Dominica Wolinski (Beatrice), Sean Clune (Claudio), Jawad Hussain (Don Pedro), Sofia Degtyar (Leonato), Alejandro Rivero (Dogberry), Muhammad Sheheryar (Conrade).
- Theatre for a New Audience, The Duke at 42nd Street, New York, N.Y.
Feb. 16, 2013. Directed by Arin Arbus: Jonathan Cake (Benedikt), Maggie Siff (Beatrice), John Christopher Jones (Dogberry), Graham Winton (Don Pedro), Robert Langdon Lloyd (Leonato), Matthew Amendt (Claudio), Michelle Beck (Hero).
- Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre, Philadelphia, Pa.
April 7, 2013. Directed by Domenick Scudera: Chance Dean (Benedick), Eleni Delopoulos (Beatrice), Isaiah Ellis (Claudio), Lauren Sowa (Hero), Ralph Edmonds (Leonato), Alex Stewart (Borachio), Eric Van Wie (Dogberry), Johnny Smith (Verges).
Romeo and Juliet
The Taming of the Shrew
Timon of Athens
Troilus and Cressida
The Two Gentlemen of Verona
The Two Noble Kinsmen
The Winter's Tale
The Rape of Lucrece
Venus and Adonis