The Shakespeare Challenge

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2016 is the the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. In honour of the world’s most famous playwright I am attempting to watch all 38 of his plays in 52 weeks. That’s a play every 9.6 days. I will be charting my progress here and reviewing the performances.


Performances must be live
Any medium welcome – so far I’ve lined up plays, ballets, opera and concerts
The performances must take place between 23rd April 2016 – 22nd April 2017

The Plays

All’s Well That Ends Well (1602)
*Antony and Cleopatra (1606)
*As You Like It (1599)
*Comedy of Errors (1589)
*Coriolanus (1607)
*Cymbeline (1609)
*Hamlet (1600)
*Henry IV, Part I (1597)
*Henry IV, Part II (1597)
Henry V (1598)
*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)
*Macbeth (1605)
*Measure for Measure (1604)
Merchant of Venice (1596)
*Merry Wives of Windsor (1600)
*Midsummer Night’s Dream (1595)
*Much Ado about Nothing (1598)
*Othello (1604)
*Pericles (1608)
*Richard II (1595)
*Richard III (1592)
*Romeo and Juliet (1594)
*Taming of the Shrew (1593)
*Tempest (1611)
*Timon of Athens (1607)
*Titus Andronicus (1593)
*Troilus and Cressida (1601)
*Twelfth Night (1599)
*Two Gentlemen of Verona (1594)
*Winter’s Tale (1610)


* An asterisk means the play is booked
Strikethrough means the play has been seen

If you know of any performances of the remaining plays coming up, particularly the history plays, please get in touch.