Shakespeare's greatest play?

RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran says Henry IV Parts I and II are two of Shakespeare's greatest plays. We wondered if our audience would agree.

We asked people to vote in a poll on this page for Shakespeare's greatest play (#shakespearesgreatest) from a list of all of his plays. The poll took place in the first week of January. 2222 people voted. 

And the winner is ...

Hamlet was the overwhelming winner with 431 votes, followed by King Lear with 307 votes. Henry VIII, The Merry Wives of Windsor and Timon of Athens only had one vote each.

You can see the full details on the voting in our charts here:

 
The results in full:

Position Play Votes
1 Hamlet 431
2 King Lear 307
3 Macbeth 165
4 The Tempest 161
5 Titus Andronicus 138
6 Othello 114
7 Much Ado About Nothing 105
8 A Midsummer Night's Dream 93
9 Richard II 82
10 Twelfth Night 78
11 Romeo and Juliet 67
12 Henry IV Part 1 51
13 Henry V 49
14 Richard III 41
15 As You Like It 37
16 The Winter's Tale 31
17 Measure for Measure 25
18 Julius Caesar 23
19 Coriolanus 22
20 Henry IV Part 2 20
21 The Merchant of Venice 20
22 Antony and Cleopatra 18
23 Pericles 16
24 The Taming of the Shrew 12
25 King John 11
26 The Comedy of Errors 10
27 Troilus and Cressida 10
28 Cymbeline 9
29 All's Well That Ends Well 8
30 Henry VI Part 3 8
31 Henry VI Part 1 5
32 Henry VI Part 2 4
33 Love's Labour's Lost 4
34 The Two Noble Kinsmen 3
35 The Two Gentlemen of Verona 2
36 Henry VIII 1
37 The Merry Wives of Windsor 1
38 Timon of Athens 1

  

Henry IV Part I

by William Shakespeare

Norwich Theatre Royal
14 - 18 Oct 2014

Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
11 - 15 Nov 2014

The Lowry, Manchester
21 - 25 Oct 2014

Bath Theatre Royal
4 - 8 Nov 2014

Alhambra Theatre, Bradford
28 Oct - 1 Nov 2014

Newcastle Theatre Royal,
25 Sept - 4 Oct 2014

Royal Shakespeare Theatre
18 March - 6 September 2014

Barbican Theatre, London
29 Nov 2014 - 24 Jan 2015

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