W is for William Shakespeare. The Bard’s Broadway Career in Photos and Video

There have been 66 known productions of Hamlet on Broadway since 1761, the last one in 2009 starring Jude Law; 48 Macbeths (Ethan Hawke in 2013), 36 Romeo and Juliets (Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad in 2013), 31 Twelfth Nights (the last one starring Mark Rylance as Olivia in 2013),  21 Othellos (James Earl Jones, in 1982), 20 King Lears (Glenda Jackson in 2019), 20 Julius Caesars (William Sadler in 2005, opposite Denzel Washington as Brutus), only 11 A Midsummer Night’s Dreams. True there have been no known Pericles, but it’s safe to say that William Shakespeare is Broadway’s most prolific, popular and enduring playwright.


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Richard Burton, 1964



Glenda Jackson and Christopher Plummer, 1988

Romeo and Juliet


Twelfth Night

Author: New York Theater

Jonathan Mandell is a 3rd generation NYC journalist, who sees shows, reads plays, writes reviews and sometimes talks with people.

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