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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 30/11/2019 Troilus and Cressida 14/11/18
Two Gentlemen of Verona Richard II 17/4/19


Coriolanus 14/3/20
The Merry Wives of Windsor 2/1/19 Henry IV Part 1 22/5/19 Titus Andronicus 25/3/23
Measure for Measure 31/7/19 Henry IV Part 2 10/7/19 Romeo and Juliet 23/9/21
The Comedy of Errors 20/8/19 Henry V 17/9/19 Timon of Athens 20/11/19
Much Ado About Nothing 10/5/22 Henry VI Part 1 Julius Caesar 3/5/22
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 15/3/18


The Merchant of Venice Richard III 26/3/19 King Lear 25/11/18
As You Like It Henry VIII 20/5/22 Othello 4/1/23
The Taming of the Shrew  5/6/19 Edward III Anthony and Cleopatra
All’s Well That Ends Well Cymbeline
Twelfth Night 13/8/19
The Winter’s Tale
Pericles, Prince of Tyre 9/5/19
The Two Noble Kinsmen