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.
|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||22/5/19||Titus Andronicus|
|Measure for Measure||31/7/19||Henry IV Part 2||10/7/19||Romeo and Juliet|
|The Comedy of Errors||20/8/19||Henry V||17/9/19||Timon of Athens|
|Much Ado About Nothing||Henry VI Part 1||Julius Caesar|
|Love’s Labour Lost||Henry VI Part 2||Macbeth||18/9/19|
|A Midsummer Night’s Dream||20/7/19||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||5/6/19||Edward III||Anthony and Cleopatra|
|All’s Well That Ends Well||Cymbeline|
|The Winter’s Tale|
|Pericles, Prince of Tyre||9/5/19|
|The Two Noble Kinsmen|