Your Favorite Shakespeare Performance

The Tempest
Michael Winters as Prospero in “The Tempest” (2009).

We love all the attention that The New York Times has been giving to the Shakespeare performances currently happening in New York. With productions of “Twelfth Night,” “Richard III,” “Romeo and Juliet,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” and “Macbeth” … if you’re a Shakespeare lover, it’s like being let loose in the candy store.

Today (Nov 21, 2013), Charles Isherwood riffs on the question of “What’s your Favorite Shakespeare Performance?”  He dives deep into the archives to pull out some performances as far back as 1960. And many of them are London or East Coast based shows.  Surely there are some West Coast Shakespeare performances that have rocked.  Do you have a favorite?  Let us know in the comments because we’d love to hear from you.

Read NY Times article


  1. GPS says

    Interesting that you use a photo of Michael Winters for this post. That production of “The Tempest” was great, and he was superb as Lear this season at Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

    I’d say my favorite performance ever was James Newcomb at Richard III down at OSF in 2005. Locally, I loved Charles Leggett as Shylock at Seattle Shakes a few years back. Mike Dooly as Iago at Balagan around 2008 was also quite memorable.

  2. Kirsten says

    I loved Darragh Kennan (sp?) in Hamlet in I think it was around 2010. That was perhaps the best Shakespeare performance I’ve ever seen, all around.