We’re about half way through the year and two things occurred to me.

1) HOW?! How has half the year already gone?!

And 2) I haven’t updated my Shakespeare challenge in a while.

For those of you who missed it, I’m doing 37 Plays, 365 Days. As the title suggests, it’s my attempt to see all 37 plays by Shakespeare in one year. As it turns out, it’s much harder than I thought. As it turns out, I’ll probably see 37 Shakespeare plays. Just not each one of the 37. I’m seeing quite a few shows multiple times this year, the Histories of all things!

So let’s check in and see where we are…



Antony and Cleopatra
Hamlet: seen at Shakespeare’s Globe, 24th April 2016
Julius Caesar: Donmar Warehouse, 19th November – 17th December
King Lear
Macbeth: Shakespeare’s Globe, 18th June – 1st October 2016
Othello: Shakespeare’s Globe 2016-17 23rd February – 16th April 2017
Romeo and Juliet: seen at Garrick Theatre, 12th May – 13th August 2016
Timon of Athens
Titus Andronicus



All’s Well That Ends Well
As You Like It: seen 3rd March at the National Theatre
The Comedy of Errors
Cymbeline: Shakespeare’s Globe, 17th September-16th October 2016
Love’s Labours Lost
Measure for Measure
The Merry Wives of Windsor
The Merchant of Venice: Shakespeare’s Globe and Touring, 30th June-18th September
A Midsummer Night’s Dream: seen 19th February at Shakespeare’s Globe; also seen 29th April at Shakespeare’s Globe
Much Ado About Nothing
Pericles, Prince of Tyre: seen 4th January at Shakespeare’s Globe
Taming of the Shrew: Shakespeare’s Globe, 13th May-6th August 2016
The Tempest: seen 14th March at Shakespeare’s Globe; also seeing at Donmar Warehouse, 19th November – 17th December
Troilus and Cressida
Twelfth Night: seen 24th February at Shakespeare’s Globe (Playing Shakespeare)
Two Gentlemen of Verona: Shakespeare’s Globe and Touring, 20th May-31st July
The Winter’s Tale: seen 25th February at Shakespeare’s Globe



Henry IV, part 1: seen 13th January 2016 at Barbican (RSC); also seeing Donmar Warehouse, 19th November – 17th December
Henry IV, part 2: seen 14th January 2016 at Barbican (RSC); also seeing Donmar Warehouse, 19th November – 17th December
Henry V: seen 14th January 2016 at Barbican (RSC); also seen 21st June at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
Henry VI, part 1
Henry VI, part 2
Henry VI, part 3
Henry VIII
King John: seen 18th May at Rose Theatre Kingston
Richard II: seen 12th January 2016 at Barbican (RSC)
Richard III: seen 27th April 2016 at the Almeida

Checking in on the total tally at the moment, I’ve seen: 14.

Source: Shakespeare’s Globe. Gif: Kentucky Shakespeare

Not even half way there!

I may have to start counting film versions! As ever, please do message me if you know of any Shakespeare productions which you can recommend, or would like me to review.


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