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Shakespeare Plays Popularity Index

A ranking of William Shakespeare plays and poems according to how frequently they are produced in live theaters (as of January 21, 2019).*

1. A Midsummer Night's Dream (154 productions)
2. Romeo and Juliet (125)
3. Hamlet (119)
4. Macbeth (115)
5. Twelfth Night (108)
6. As You Like It (104)
7. Much Ado About Nothing (103)
8. The Tempest (90)
9. The Taming of the Shrew (84)
10. The Comedy of Errors (79)
11. Julius Caesar (78)
12. Othello (69)
13. The Winter's Tale (67)
14. King Lear (65)
15. Richard III (60)
16.  The Merry Wives of Windsor (58)
17. Love's Labour's Lost (56)
18. The Merchant of Venice (48)
      The Two Gentlemen of Verona (48)
20. Measure for Measure (45)
21. Henry V (43)
22. Titus Andronicus (40)
23. Antony and Cleopatra (39)
24. Pericles, Prince of Tyre (37)
      Henry IV, Part One (37)
26. All's Well That Ends Well (36)
27. Cymbeline (35)
28. Richard II (28)
29. Coriolanus (25)
      King John (25)
31. Troilus and Cressida (17)
      Timon of Athens (17)
33. Henry IV, Part Two (15)
34. Henry VI, Part One (11)
      Henry VIII (11)
36. The Two Noble Kinsmen (10)
      Henry IV, Parts 1 & 2 [conflation] (10)
      Henry VI, Part Two (10)
      Henry VI, Part Three (10)
40. Henry VI, Parts 1, 2 & 3 [conflation] (9)
41. Edward III (8)
42. Rape of Lucrece (7)
43. Arden of Faversham (5)
44. Venus and Adonis (4)
45. Cardenio (or Double Falsehood) (2)
      The Spanish Tragedy (2)
      Sonnets (2)
48. Famous Victories of Henry V (1)
      Henry IVs, V, VIs, Richard II and III [conflation] (1)

* Source: Bard on the Boards "What's Playing Where." This sample represents the announced productions since 2012 at more than 200 theater companies in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, Denmark, and the United States linked on Shakespeareances.com.

 

Current Year Rankings**


1. As You Like It (19)
2. Macbeth (14)
3. Romeo and Juliet (13)
4. Hamlet (12)
5. Othello (10)
    A Midsummer Night's Dream (10)
    The Comedy of Errors (10)
    The Winter's Tale (10)
9.  Much Ado About Nothing (8)
      Henry IV, Part One (8)
11. The Taming of the Shrew (7)
12. Julius Caesar (5)
      The Tempest (5)
      Antony and Cleopatra (5)
      The Merry Wives of Windsor (5)
16. Cymbeline (4)
      Titus Andronicus (4)
      Measure for Measure (4)
      Twelfth Night (4)
      Henry V (4)
      Two Gentlemen of Verona (4)
22. All's Well That Ends Well (3)
      King Lear (3)
      Richard III (3)
      The Merchant of Venice (3)
26. The Spanish Tragedy (2)
      Venus and Adonis (2)
      Rape of Lucrece (2)
      Henry IV, Part Two (2)
      Pericles, Prince of Tyre (2)
      Henry VIII (2)
32. Coriolanus (1)
      Arden of Faversham (1)
      Henry IV, Parts 1 & 2 [conflation] (1)
      Henry VI, Part One (1)
      Henry VI, Part Two (1)
      Henry VI, Part Three (1)
      King John (1)
      Sonnets (1)
      Love's Labour's Lost (1)

Cardenio or Double Falsehood
Edward III
Henry VI, Parts 1, 2, & 3 [conflation]
Richard II
Sir Thomas More
Timon of Athens
Troilus and Cressida
The Two Noble Kinsmen

** Productions announced from August 1, 2018, to July 31, 2019.

 

2017-2018 Rankings
August 1, 2017–July 31, 2019

1. Macbeth (33)
2. Romeo and Juliet (29)
3. A Midsummer Night's Dream (28)
4. Twelfth Night (24)
    Hamlet (24)
6. As You Like It (23)
7. Much Ado About Nothing (20)
9. The Comedy of Errors (19)
8. Othello (18)
10. Julius Caesar (15)
      The Tempest (15)
12. All's Well That Ends Well (14)
      Richard III (14)
      The Taming of the Shrew (14)
15. The Winter's Tale (13)
16. Henry IV, Part One (12)
      Love's Labour's Lost (12)
18. King Lear (11)
      The Merry Wives of Windsor (10)
20. Pericles, Prince of Tyre (8)
      Titus Andronicus (8)
      The Merchant of Venice (8)
      Richard II (8)
      Two Gentlemen of Verona (8)
25. King John (7)
      Coriolanus (7)
27.  Henry V (6)
28. Timon of Athens (4)
      Antony and Cleopatra (4)
      Measure for Measure (4)
      Henry IV, Part Two (4)
      Cymbeline (4)
33. Edward III (3)
      Arden of Faversham (3)
      Troilus and Cressida (3)
      Henry VI, Parts 1, 2, & 3 [conflation] (3)
37. Henry VI, Part Three (2)
      Henry VIII (2)
39. Henry VI, Part One (1)
      Henry VI, Part Two (1)
      Two Noble Kinsmen (1)
      Rape of Lucrece (1)
      Henry IV, Parts 1 & 2 [conflation] (1)
      Henry IVs, V, VIs, Richard II and III [conflation] (1)

Not produced:
     Sonnets
     Venus and Adonis
     Cardenio (or Double Falsehood)
     Famous Victories of Henry V      

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