My Favourite Shakespearian play is Macbeth. I am taking advantage of the fact that I am now working and living in Oxford and hope to see as much Shakespeare as possible. Best performances by a mile Kevin Spacey in Richard III @ The Old Vic and John Simm as Hamlet @ The Crucible Sheffield.
I've already been to see:
Antony and Cleopatra (1606)
The Creation Theatre's production in the Said Business School in Oxford.
As You Like It (1599)
The RSC's production at The Courtyard Theatre Stratford-Upon-Avon.
The Comedy of Errors (1589)
I saw this twice. The best production was in the Old School Quadrangle at The Bodlein Library in Oxford
with John Simm at The Crucible Sheffield. It was fantastic and I met John in a restaurant after the show
Henry V (1598)
The Kings dead, long live the King. Henry V takes the throne and tries to put his past, boozing in the Boars Head, behind him. He decides he is entitled to parts of France, the French Dauphine disagrees, so off Henry sets for war in France. This production, by Creation Theatre, was set against the backdrop of Oxford Castle, spectacular.
Oxford Theatre Guild's production @ Trinity College Gardens, Oxford a good show but really witches need Cauldrons and Fire otherwise what is the point.
A Midsummer Night's Dream (1595)
Tomahawk Theatre's production @ Oxford Castle, extremely enjoyable and full of mischief as you would expect.
Much Ado about Nothing
with David Tennent and Catherine Tate @ Wyndhams Theatre, Charing Cross Road. Set in the 1980's, in Gibraltar, it's absolutely hilarious. I had a pain in my side laughing, so is Shakespeare still relevant today .... duh I think so.
Richard III (1 592)
with Kevin Spacey at The Old Vic. I'm speechless, the most fantastic, epic, creative and powerful performances I have ever seen. Kevin I salute you.
Romeo and Juliet (1594)
The Creation Theatre's production in the Said Business School in Oxford. Their best production yet and who would have thought it a Shakespearian comedy! Although I remember reading it when I was a teenager and I was sure Mercuio's part should be delivered tongue in cheek. Brilliant production.
The Taming of the Shrew (1593)
Oxford University Dramatic Society (OUDS) production in The President's Garden Magdelan College. The Student's enthusiasm was infectious and their intrepretation was extremely funny. This I think is probably the best setting I've been to yet; Shakespear and Pimms in The President's Garden @ Magdelan College is hard to beat.
Twelfth Night (1599)
I saw this play twice, once at The RSC Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon and once at The Said Business School in Oxford. I think the Creation Theatre's production at the Said was the funniest version.
That means I still need to get to:
All's Well That Ends Well (1602)
Henry IV, Part I (1597)
Henry IV, Part II (1597)
Henry VI, Part I (1591)
Henry VI, Part II (1590)
Henry VI, Part III (1590)
Henry VIII (1612)
Julius Caesar (1599)
King John (1596)
King Lear (1605)
Love's Labour's Lost (1594)
Measure for Measure (1604)
The Merchant of Venice (1596)
The Merry Wives of Windsor (1600)
Pericles, Prince of Tyre (1608)
Richard II (1595)
The Tempest (1611)
Timon of Athens (1607)
Titus Andronicus (1593)
Troilus and Cressida (1601)
Two Gentlemen of Verona (1594)
The Winter's Tale (1610)
Other Plays I really enjoyed:
Doctor Faustus in my favourite place in Oxford, The Norrington Room in Blackwells Bookshop. This was a very active production including actors leaping off the book shelves. by Creation Theatre, Brilliant.