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Number of Shakespeare Performances
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0725  Monday, 21 August 2006

From: 		Jack Lynch <
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Date: 		Saturday, 19 Aug 2006 09:31:24 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 	Number of Shakespeare Performances

Dear folks,

I'm working on a book for non-academic readers, and I'm looking for some 
gee-whiz statistics on Shakespeare's popularity- number of books and 
articles published on him each year, number of sessions at academic 
conferences, that sort of thing.

One number I'd be glad to get is the number of performances of his 
plays-worldwide, I suppose, though in specific countries might also 
do-each year.  Has anyone come across such an estimate?

Yes, of course it would be a very rough estimate, and much would depend 
on how the question is framed (professional productions? school plays? 
-- adaptations and translations?).  I'm not looking for 
three-decimal-places accuracy, just someone's educated guess about an 
order of magnitude that I can introduce with "according to one 
estimate," or something like that.

Has anyone seen such a total?

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