Shakespeare Slam

On the 5th November, 2018, I posted to Facebook:

“So of Shakespeare’s plays, I have seen A Midsummer Night’s Dream (aged 11), Macbeth (aged 15) and Hamlet (aged 16, 25, 26, 27, 29 (twice) – I’m really into Hamlet), and I feel like I am missing out on lots of culture other than The Lion King (based on Hamlet). So, from 2019, I’m going to try to see all 37 on stage. It’s a years-long commitment because obscure ones like Henry VIII or Coriolanus are rarely performed, but that’s the challenge.

Would anyone (presumably London-based but if not I like your style) like to join a WhatsApp group to join me and keep our eyes out for the obscure ones and great productions of the common ones, because I am absolutely going to have to schlep out to Warwickshire to see the RSC for a bunch of them and people are welcome to utilise my car to live such good dreams as possess our fancy.”

A dozen people replied, the WhatsApp group was created and we have been at it ever since.


  • It has to be a live performance, not a film.
  • Live broadcasts are ok. Cinema showings of live broadcasts are ok.
  • Abridged performances, “in the style of”, and strange mash-ups do not count.
Comedies Histories Tragedies
The Tempest King John Troilus and Cressida 14/11/18
Two Gentlemen of Verona Richard II 17/4/19 Coriolanus
The Merry Wives of Windsor 2/1/19 Henry IV Part 1 Titus Andronicus
Measure for Measure   Henry IV Part 2 Romeo and Juliet
The Comedy of Errors Henry V Timon of Athens
Much Ado About Nothing Henry VI Part 1 Julius Caesar
Love’s Labour Lost Henry VI Part 2 Macbeth
A Midsummer Night’s Dream Henry VI Part 3 Hamlet
The Merchant of Venice Richard III 26/3/19 King Lear 25/11/18
As You Like It Henry VIII Othello
The Taming of the Shrew   Edward III Anthony and Cleopatra
All’s Well That Ends Well Cymbeline
Twelfth Night
The Winter’s Tale
Pericles, Prince of Tyre
The Two Noble Kinsmen
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