First, try to answer this question from your own experience. Don’t spend too much time thinking about it. I immediately said Hamlet, maybe because that was the first of Shakespeare’s plays I ever knew about. My mother had to read it for college, and she read most of it out loud to me. It was years before I knew there were any others. We studied a half-dozen or so of Shakespeare’s plays in school, but not the one play that is the most performed now. According to data from the site Shakespearances, these are the William Shakespeare plays most often performed by professional troupes since 2011.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream is the most popular even when you divide the list into American and non-U.S. performances, but the rest of those two lists are different. Read about how modern audiences prefer Shakespeare’s legacy at Pricenomics. -via Digg