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More than 420 feature-length film versions of William Shakespeare's plays have been produced, making Shakespeare the most filmed author ever in any language.[1] Some are faithful to the original story and text, while others are adaptations that use only the plots rather than his dialogue.

History

"When 'Shakespeare' meets 'The Movies', two mighty entities converge."

Harry Keyishian[2]
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Silent film era

In the 1900s when the silent film industry began to develop in Europe and America, Shakespearean plays became a small part of its repertoire.

In France and Italy at that time cinema was not considered an art form in itself, but as a medium to present the art of traditional theatre. This idea was named "Film d'Art". Shakespearean plays' "public domain" status have made them attractive to film producers, who wanted freedom from a "faithful" representation of a theatre play.

"It was learned early on that the Bard was poison at the box office and would have to be variously disguised if he was to sell any tickets."

Luke McKernan[3]

In the United States, a couple of thousand cheap and widespread "nickelodeons" drove the film industry. American film makers then began to seek to attract viewers of higher class. They might also have been influenced by the "Film d'Art" spirit. They set out to shift the themes of their films from stories of contemporary workers, to classical works. Film makers were also responding to calls from religious groups, and the authorities, for a reduction of the amount of brutality displayed in historical films. Film makers chose Shakespearean plays because they were widely respected by both the higher and lower classes of American society, and also because their public domain status avoided copyright issues. The authorities also favored Shakespearean films, since they were suitable tools to construct a new Anglo-American identity on the vast, mostly immigrant, nation. Vitagraph in New York was a notable Shakespearean film studio of this time.[1]

"[I am] less than ever convinced that there is an aesthetic justification for filming Shakespeare at all."

Graham Greene[4]

Comedies

All's Well That Ends Well

Released in the USA as part of the "Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare" series.
Ian Charleson as Bertram

As You Like It

Paul Czinner director
Elisabeth Bergner as Rosalind
Laurence Olivier as Orlando
Released in the USA as part of the "Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare" series.
Helen Mirren as Rosalind
John Hirsch - Director
Roberta Maxwell as Rosalind
Andrew Gilles as Orlando
  • As You Like It (UK, 1992)
Christine Edzard director
Emma Croft as Rosalind
James Fox as Jaques
Griff Rhys Jones as Touchstone
Andrew Tiernan as Orlando & Oliver
Alexei Karayev director
Sylvestra Le Touzel as the voice of Rosalind
Kenneth Branagh director
Bryce Dallas Howard as Rosalind
Kevin Kline as Jaques
Alfred Molina as Touchstone
David Oyelowo as Orlando

The Comedy of Errors

Performances

Philip Casson - Director
Roger Rees as Antipholus of Syracuse
Mike Gwilym as Antipholus of Ephesus
Michael Williams as Dromio of Syracuse
Nickolas Grace as Dromio of Ephesus
Judi Dench as Adriana
Francesca Annis as Luciana
Released in the USA as part of the "Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare" series.
Michael Kitchen as the Antipholi
Roger Daltrey as the Dromios
Suzanne Bertish as Adriana
Richard Monette - Director
Nicholas Pennell as Aegeon
Geordie Johnson as Antipholus of Ephesus/Antipholus of Syracuse
Keith Dinicol as Dromio of Ephesus/Dromio of Syracuse
Goldie Semple as Adriana
Lucy Peacock as Luciana

Adaptations

  • Angoor (Hindi, India, 1982), a Bollywood adaptation.
  • The Boys from Syracuse (USA, 1940), a film of a musical adaptation of the play.

Cymbeline

Performances

  • Cymbeline (1913, USA)
Frederick Sullivan director
Florence La Badie as Imogen
James Cruze as Posthumous Leonatus
  • Cymbeline (1981, USA)
Patrick Tucker director
Gail Chugg as Cymbeline
Rebecca Engle as Imogen
Released in the USA as part of the "Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare" series.

Adaptations

Douglas Hickox director
Vincent Price as Edward Lionheart
Diana Rigg as Edwina Lionheart

Vincent Price plays a Shakespearean actor who takes poetic revenge on the critics who denied him recognition. He kills his critics using methods inspired by Shakespeare's plays, including a murder inspired by Cymbeline.

Love's Labour's Lost

Released in the USA as part of the "Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare" series.
Kenneth Branagh director and as Berowne
Alicia Silverstone as the Princess
music by Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern and others

Measure For Measure

Released in the USA as part of the "Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare" series.
  • Measure for Measure (UK, 1994, TV)
David Thacker director
Tom Wilkinson as Duke Vincentio
Corin Redgrave as Angelo
Juliet Aubrey as Isabella
Ian Bannen as Provost
Ben Miles as Claudio

The Merchant of Venice

Performances

  • The Merchant of Venice (US, 1973)
John Sichel director
Laurence Olivier as Shylock
Joan Plowright as Portia
Jeremy Brett as Bassanio
Released in the USA as part of the "Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare" series.
  • The Merchant of Venice (UK, 2003)
Film of Royal National Theatre's stage version
Trevor Nunn director
Henry Goodman as Shylock
Derbhle Crotty as Portia
Michael Radford director
Al Pacino as Shylock
Lynn Collins as Portia
Jeremy Irons as Antonio

Adaptations

Douglas Hickox director
Vincent Price as Edward Lionheart
Diana Rigg as Edwina Lionheart

Vincent Price plays a Shakespearean actor who takes poetic revenge on the critics who denied him recognition. He kills his critics using methods inspired by Shakespeare's plays, including a murder inspired by The Merchant of Venice.

The Merry Wives of Windsor

Performances

Released in the USA as part of the "Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare" series.
  • The Merry Wives of Windsor (aka "The Shakespeare Collection") (TV/video, USA, 1982)
Jack Manning director
Leon Charles as Falstaff

Adaptations

Orson Welles director and as Falstaff
Keith Baxter as Hal
John Gielgud as Henry IV
  • See also Falstaff (opera) by Verdi, since it and all films derived from it are adaptations of the Falstaff plays, in particular The Merry Wives of Windsor.

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Performances

Max Reinhardt director
Olivia de Havilland as Hermia
James Cagney as Bottom
Mickey Rooney as Puck
Peter Hall director
Judi Dench as Titania
Paul Rogers as Bottom
Diana Rigg as Helena
David Warner as Lysander
Ian Holm as Puck
Released in the USA as part of the "Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare" series.
Robert Saakiants director
Suzanne Bertish as the voice of Titania
Bernard Hill as the voice of Bottom
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream Royal Shakespeare Company film (UK, 1995)
Adrian Noble director
Lindsay Duncan as Titania
Desmond Barrit as Bottom
Michael Hoffman director
Michelle Pfeiffer as Titania
Kevin Kline as Bottom
Rupert Everett as Oberon
Calista Flockhart as Helena
Stanley Tucci as Puck
  • Midsummer (USA, 1999) sets the Dream story against a surreal backdrop of techno clubs and ancient symbols.
James Kerwin screenplay and director
Travis Schuldt as Demetrius
  • The Children's Midsummer Night's Dream (UK, 2001) is a film of the play, performed by a cast of children
Christine Edzard director

Adaptations

  • El Sueño de una noche de San Juan (aka "Midsummer Dream", Spain and Portugal, 2005) is an animated adaptation of the Dream story.
Ángel de la Cruz and Manolo Gómez directors
  • Get Over It (2001), a modern musical adaptation set at a highschool which includes another version of the play performed as a show-within-a-show, much like the Pyramus and Thisbe subplay in the original Shakespeare.
Sharon Small as Titania
Lennie James as Oberon
Johnny Vegas as Bottom
  • The 2008 movie, Were the World Mine, is inspired by the play, and prominently features a modern interpretation of the play put on in a private high school in a small town. Additionally, this musical's lyrics are largely based on Shakespeare's original text. For example, the title comes from a line in a song, drawn from a line in a play, "Were the world mine, Demetrius being bated / The rest I'd give to be to you translated."

Much Ado About Nothing

Performances

  • Much Ado About Nothing (TV, US, 1973)
A CBS Television Adaptation of Joseph Papp's New York Shakespeare Festival Production
Sam Waterston as Benedick
Kathleen Widdoes as Beatrice
Barnard Hughes as Dogberry
Douglass Watson as Don Pedro
Nick Havinga and A.J. Antoon, directors
Released in the USA as part of the "Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare" series.
Kenneth Branagh director and as Benedick
Emma Thompson as Beatrice
Denzel Washington as Don Pedro
Robert Sean Leonard as Claudio
Kate Beckinsale as Hero
Michael Keaton as Dogberry
Keanu Reeves as Don John

Adaptations

Sarah Parish as Beatrice
Damian Lewis as Benedick
Billie Piper as Hero
Martin Jarvis as Leonard (the Leonato character)

Pericles

Released in the USA as part of the "Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare" series.

The Taming of the Shrew

Performances

  • The Taming of the Shrew (USA, 1929)
Mary Pickford as Katherine
Douglas Fairbanks as Petruchio
Franco Zeffirelli director
Elizabeth Taylor as Katherine
Richard Burton as Petruchio
Released in the USA as part of the "Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare" series.
Jonathan Miller, director
John Cleese as Petruchio
Sarah Badel as Katherine
  • Quantum Leap The Taming of the Shrew (aka "The Shakespeare Collection") (TV/video, USA, 19??)
John Allinson director
Karen Austin as Katherine
Franklin Seales as Petruchio
Aida Ziablikova director
Amanda Root as the voice of Katherine
Nigel Le Vaillant as the voice of Petruchio

Adaptations

Howard Keel as 'Petruchio'
Kathryn Grayson as 'Katerina'
Ann Miller as 'Bianca'
  • Moonlighting (TV, USA; 25 Nov 1986 episode "Atomic Shakespeare") presented the play through multiple fourth-wall layers with a self-referential frame tale, in which a young fan of the TV show has a Shakespeare reading assignment and imagines it as presented by the show's regular cast.
Will Mackenzie director
Cybill Shepherd as Katerina
Bruce Willis as Petruchio
Julia Stiles as Kat
Heath Ledger as Patrick Verona
Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Cameron
Larisa Oleynik as Bianca
Shirley Henderson as Katherine
Rufus Sewell as Petruchio
  • Shrew in the Park (Canada, TV, 2003)
Andrew Honor director

The Tempest

Performances

Edwin Thanhouser director
George Schaefer director
Maurice Evans as Prospero
Richard Burton as Caliban
Lee Remick as Miranda
Roddy McDowall as Ariel
Derek Jarman director
Heathcote Williams as Prospero
Toyah Willcox as Miranda
"Stormy Weather" sung by Elisabeth Welch
Michael Hordern as Prospero
Released in the USA as part of the "Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare" series.
  • The Tempest (aka "The Shakespeare Collection") (TV/video, USA, 1983)
William Woodman director
Efrem Zimbalist Jr. as Prospero
Peter Greenaway director
John Gielgud as Prospero
Isabelle Pasco as Miranda
Stanislav Sokolov director
Timothy West as the voice of Prospero
Julie Taymor director
Helen Mirren as Prospera
The gender of main character Prospero was changed to Prospera so Mirren could take the role.[5]
David Strathairn as King of Naples
Djimon Hounsou as Caliban
Russell Brand as Trinculo
Alfred Molina as Stephano
Ben Whishaw as Ariel
Felicity Jones as Miranda
Reeve Carney as Ferdinand
Chris Cooper as Antonio
Alan Cumming as Sebastian

Adaptations

William A. Wellman director
Gregory Peck as Stretch
Fred M. Wilcox director
Walter Pidgeon as Dr. Edward Morbius
Anne Francis as Altaira 'Alta' Morbius
Leslie Nielsen as Commander J. J. Adams
Paul Mazursky director
John Cassavetes as Phillip Dimitrious
Molly Ringwald as Miranda
Susan Sarandon as Aretha
Raul Julia as Kalibanos
  • The Tempest (USA, 1998)
Jack Bender director
Peter Fonda as Gideon Prosper
Michael Douglas as Charlie (Based of the character of Prospero)
Evan Rachel Wood as Miranda
Per Åhlin director, manuscript
Karl Rasmusson manuscript

Twelfth Night

and its section Film and television adaptions

Performances

  • Twelfth Night (film, USA, 1910)
Eugene Mullin and Charles Kent directors
Julia Swayne Gordon as Olivia
Charles Kent as Malvolio
Florence Turner as Viola
Edith Storey as Sebastain
Tefft Johnson as Orsino
Marin Sais as Maria
William Humphrey as Sir Toby Belch
James Young as Sir Andrew Aguecheek
  • Twelfth Night (aka Dvenadtsataya noch) (USSR, 1955) Yan Frid director
  • Twelfth Night (TV, UK, 1969)
John Sichel and John Dexter directors
Joan Plowright as Viola and Sebastian
Alec Guinness as Malvolio
Ralph Richardson as Sir Toby Belch
Tommy Steele as an unusually prominent Feste
Released in the USA as part of the "Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare" series.
  • Twelfth Night (TV, UK, 1988)
Kenneth Branagh director
Richard Briers as Malvolio
Caroline Langrishe as Olivia
music by Pat Doyle (TRIVIA: the arrangement of Come Away Death in this production is an adaption of Paul McCartney's Once Upon A Long Ago.)
Maria Muat director
Fiona Shaw
Hugh Grant
William Rushton as the voice of Sir Toby Belch
Trevor Nunn director
Imogen Stubbs as Viola
Helena Bonham Carter as Olivia
Toby Stephens as Orsino
Nigel Hawthorne as Malvolio
Mel Smith as Sir Toby Belch
Richard E. Grant as Sir Andrew Aguecheek
Ben Kingsley as Feste
  • Twelfth Night, or What You Will (TV, UK, 2003)
Tim Supple director
Parminder Nagra as Viola
Ronny Jhutti as Sebastian
Chiwetel Ejiofor as Orsino
Claire Price as Olivia
Maureen Beattie as Maria
David Troughton as Sir Toby Belch
Richard Bremner as Sir Andrew Aguecheek
Zubin Varla as Feste
Michael Maloney as Malvolio

Adaptations

  • She's the Man (US, 2006) adapts the story to a high-school setting
Andy Fickman director
Amanda Bynes as Viola
Channing Tatum as Duke Orsino
Laura Ramsey as Olivia
James Kirk as Sebastian

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Released in the USA as part of the "Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare" series.

The Winter's Tale

Performances

Released in the USA as part of the "Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare" series.
Stanislav Sokolov director
Anton Lesser
Jenny Agutter
  • RSC – The Winter's Tale, a straight-to-video filming of the 1999 RSC Barbican production.
Greg Doran director
Antony Sher as Leontes

Adaptations

  • RSC Production Casebook – The Winter's Tale a straight-to-video documentary of the RSC production listed separately above, including interviews with Antony Sher, Greg Doran, Cicely Berry (the RSC's voice coach) and other members of the cast and crew, together with lengthy excerpts from the show itself.

Tragedies

Antony and Cleopatra

Performances

Charlton Heston, director and star, as Antony
Hildegarde Neil as Cleopatra
Eric Porter as Enobarbus
  • Antony and Cleopatra, (TV, UK, 1974)
Jon Scoffield director (television version) Trevor Nunn director (stage version)
Janet Suzman as Cleopatra
Richard Johnson as Antony
Patrick Stewart as Enobarbus (TRIVIA: This was his first television role.)
Released in the USA as part of the "Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare" series.

Adaptations

Gerald Thomas director
Kenneth Williams as Caesar
Sid James as Mark Antony
Amanda Barrie as Cleopatra
Jayaraaj director
Lal as Manikyan
Siddique as Choman
Nandita Das as Kannaki

Coriolanus

Released in the USA as part of the "Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare" series.

Hamlet

This is a summary of the main article Hamlet on screen.
See also the main article for the play Hamlet.

The most significant screen performances are:

Adaptations, and films using elements of "Hamlet" include:

Julius Caesar

Performances

  • Julius Caesar (USA, 1949)
David Bradley director and as Brutus
Harold Tasker as Caesar
Charlton Heston as Mark Antony
Joseph L. Mankiewicz director
James Mason as Brutus
John Gielgud as Cassius
Marlon Brando as Mark Antony
Charlton Heston as Mark Antony
Jason Robards as Brutus
John Gielgud as Caesar
Released in the USA as part of the "Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare" series.
Yuri Kulakov director
Joss Ackland as the voice of Julius Caesar

Adaptations

Gerald Thomas director
Kenneth Williams as Caesar
Sid James as Mark Antony
Amanda Barrie as Cleopatra
Douglas Hickox director
Vincent Price as Edward Lionheart
Diana Rigg as Edwina Lionheart

Vincent Price plays a Shakespearean actor who takes poetic revenge on the critics who denied him recognition. He kills his critics using methods inspired by Shakespeare's plays, including a murder inspired by Julius Caesar.

King Lear

and its section on film adaptations.

Performances

  • King Lear (TV, USA, 1953)
Andrew McCullough director
Orson Welles as Lear
Peter Brook director
Paul Scofield as Lear
Grigori Kozintsev director
Jüri Järvet as Lear
James Earl Jones as Lear
Raul Julia as Edmund
Rene Auberjonois as Edgar
Rosalind Cash as Goneril
Douglass Watson as Kent
  • King Lear (TV, UK, 1976)
Tony Davenall director
Patrick Magee as Lear
Beth Harris as Goneril
Ann Lynn as Regan
Wendy Alnutt as Cordelia
Patrick Mower as Edmund
Robert Coleby as Edgar
Jonathan Miller director
Michael Hordern as Lear
Frank Middlemass as the Fool
Brenda Blethyn as Cordelia
Anton Lesser as Edgar
Released in the USA as part of the "Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare" series.
Michael Elliot director
Laurence Olivier as Lear
Leo McKern as Gloucester
Robert Lindsay as Edmund
John Hurt as The Fool
David Threlfall as Edgar
  • King Lear (TV, UK, 1997). BBC film of the Royal National Theatre's stage version. It was televised with an accompanying documentary, including interviews with the director and cast.
Richard Eyre director
Ian Holm as Lear
Barbara Flynn as Goneril
Amanda Redman as Regan
Victoria Hamilton as Cordelia
Timothy West as Gloucester
Finbar Lynch as Edmund
Paul Rhys as Edgar
  • King Lear (UK, 1999)
Brian Blessed director and as Lear
Hildegard Neil as Fool

Adaptations

Jean-Luc Godard director and Professor Pluggy (equivalent to the Fool)
Burgess Meredith as Don Learo
Molly Ringwald as Cordelia
Peter Sellars as William Shakespeare Junior the Fifth
Woody Allen as Mr. Alien
  • Ran (Japan, 1985) is an adaptation of the Lear story to a Japanese setting.
Akira Kurosawa director
Tatsuya Nakadai as Lord Hidetora (equivalent to King Lear)
Peter (equivalent to the Fool)
  • A Thousand Acres (USA, 1997) is a modern retelling of the Lear story, from the perspective of the Goneril character (Ginny).
Jocelyn Moorhouse director
Jason Robards as Larry Cook
Jessica Lange as Ginny
Michelle Pfeiffer as Rose
Jennifer Jason Leigh as Caroline
  • King of Texas (TV, USA, 2002) is a Western adaptation of King Lear.
Uli Edel director
Patrick Stewart as John Lear

Macbeth

This is a summary of the main article Macbeth on screen.

The most significant screen performances are:

The most significant screen adaptations are:

Othello

Performances

  • Othello (Silent, Germany, 1922)
Dimitri Buchowetzki director
Emil Jannings as Othello
  • Othello (UK, 1946)
David MacKane director
Sebastian Cabot as Iago
Sheila Raynor as Emilia
Luanna Shaw as Desdemona
John Slater as Othello
These are the only actors in this 45-minute condensation.
Orson Welles director and as Othello
Michael MacLiammoir as Iago
Suzanne Cloutier as Desdemona
Sergei Yutkevich director and screenplay
Sergei Bondarchuk as Othello
Irina Skobtseva as Desdemona
Andrei Popov as Iago
Stuart Burge director
Laurence Olivier as Othello
Frank Finlay as Iago
Maggie Smith as Desdemona
Released in the USA as part of the "Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare" series.
Anthony Hopkins as Othello
Trevor Nunn director
Willard White (the opera singer) as Othello
Imogen Stubbs as Desdemona
Ian McKellen as Iago
Nicolai Serebryakov director
Colin McFarlane as the voice of Othello
Gerald McSorley as the voice of Iago
Sian Thomas as the voice of Desdemona
Oliver Parker director
Laurence Fishburne as Othello
Kenneth Branagh as Iago
Irene Jacob as Desdemona

Adaptations

  • A Double Life (USA, 1947) is a film noir adaptation of the Othello story, in which an actor playing the moor takes on frightening aspects of his character's personality.
George Cukor director
Ronald Colman as Anthony John
Basil Dearden director
Patrick McGoohan as Johnnie Cousin (Iago)
Keith Michell as Cass (Cassio)
Paul Harris as Aurelius Rex (Othello)
Marti Stevens as Delia Lane (Desdemona)
Douglas Hickox director
Vincent Price as Edward Lionheart
Diana Rigg as Edwina Lionheart

Vincent Price plays a Shakespearean actor who takes poetic revenge on the critics who denied him recognition. He kills his critics using methods inspired by Shakespeare's plays, including a murder inspired by Othello.

Patrick McGoohan director
Richie Havens as Othello
Lance LeGault as Iago
Season Hubley as Desdemona
Tony Joe White as Cassio
Jayaraaj director
Suresh Gopi as Kannan Perumalayan (Othello)
Lal as Paniyan (Iago)
Biju Menon as Kanthan (Cassio)
Manju Warrier as Thamara (Desdemona)
  • O (USA, made in 1999, but not released until 2001) is a modern adaptation of Shakespeare's Othello.
Tim Blake Nelson director
Mekhi Phifer as Odin James
Josh Hartnett as Hugo
Julia Stiles as Desi
Vishal Bharadwaj director
Ajay Devgan as Omkara 'Omi' Shukla (Othello)
Saif Ali Khan as Langda Tyagi (Iago)
Vivek Oberoi as Kesu Firangi (Cassio)
Kareena Kapoor as Dolly Mishra (Desdemona)
Konkona Sen Sharma as Indu (Emilia)
Bipasha Basu as Billo Chamanbahar (Bianca)
Naseeruddin Shah as Bhaisaab (Duke of Venice)
Deepak Dobriyal as Rajan ’Rajju’ Tiwari (Roderigo)
  • Iago (Italy, 2009) is an adaptation directed by Volfango De Biasi.
Iago (Nicolas Vaporidis) is an architecture school student about to graduate who falls in love with his fellow student Desdemona (Laura Chiatti), the noble and beautiful daughter of the academic dean, professor Brabanzio (Gabriele Lavia). Both his career and love hopes are ruined when Otello (Aurelien Gaya), a young and handsome french nobleman, comes on the scene. With the help of his friends Emilia (Giulia Steigerwalt) and Roderigo (Lorenzo Gleijeses), Iago will achieve his revenge by playing everyone against each other through a complex scheme of lies.

Romeo and Juliet

This is a summary of the main articles Romeo and Juliet on screen and Romeo and Juliet (films).
See also the main article for the play Romeo and Juliet.

The most significant screen performances are:

The most significant screen adaptations are:

Timon of Athens

Released in the USA as part of the "Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare" series.
Jonathan Miller Director
Jonathan Pryce as Timon
Norman Rodway as Apemantus
The Long Johns as Painter and Poet

Titus Andronicus

Performances

Released in the USA as part of the "Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare" series.
Julie Taymor director
Anthony Hopkins as Titus Andronicus
Jessica Lange as Tamora
Alan Cumming as Saturninus
  • Titus Andronicus (USA, 1999)
Christopher Dunne director
Robert Reece (actor) as Titus Andronicus
Candy K. Sweet as Tamora

Adaptations

Douglas Hickox director
Vincent Price as Edward Lionheart
Diana Rigg as Edwina Lionheart

Vincent Price plays a Shakespearean actor who takes poetic revenge on the critics who denied him recognition. He kills his critics using methods inspired by Shakespeare's plays, including a murder inspired by Titus Andronicus.

Troilus and Cressida

Performances

Released in the USA as part of the "Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare" series.

Adaptations

Douglas Hickox director
Vincent Price as Edward Lionheart
Diana Rigg as Edwina Lionheart

Vincent Price plays a Shakespearean actor who takes poetic revenge on the critics who denied him recognition. He kills his critics using methods inspired by Shakespeare's plays, including a murder inspired by Troilus and Cressida.

Histories

Henry IV Part 1

Performances

Michael Hayes director
Tom Fleming as Henry IV
Robert Hardy as Hal
Frank Pettingell as Falstaff
Sean Connery as Hotspur
Directed by John Barton and Peter Hall
Released in the USA as part of the "Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare" series.
Anthony Quayle as Falstaff
Jon Finch as Henry IV
David Gwillim as Hal

Adaptations

Orson Welles director and as Falstaff
Keith Baxter as Hal
John Gielgud as Henry IV
Gus Van Sant director
River Phoenix as Mike Waters
Keanu Reeves as Scott Favor

Henry IV Part 2

Performances

Michael Hayes director
Tom Fleming as Henry IV
Robert Hardy as Hal
Frank Pettingell as Falstaff
Directed by John Barton and Peter Hall
Released in the USA as part of the "Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare" series.
Anthony Quayle as Falstaff
Jon Finch as Henry IV
David Gwillim as Hal

Adaptations

Orson Welles director and as Falstaff
Keith Baxter as Hal
John Gielgud as Henry IV

Henry V

Performances

Laurence Olivier director and as Henry V
Michael Hayes director
Robert Hardy as Henry V
Directed by John Barton and Peter Hall
Released in the USA as part of the "Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare" series.
Kenneth Branagh director and as Henry V
Ian Holm as Fluellen
Brian Blessed as Exeter
Emma Thompson as Katherine

Adaptations

Orson Welles director and as Falstaff
Keith Baxter as Hal
John Gielgud as Henry IV

Henry VI Part 1

Performances

Michael Hayes director
Terry Scully as Henry VI
Eileen Atkins as Joan
Directed by John Barton and Peter Hall
David Warner as Henry VI
Released in the USA as part of the "Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare" series.

Adaptations

Douglas Hickox director
Vincent Price as Edward Lionheart
Diana Rigg as Edwina Lionheart

Vincent Price plays a Shakespearean actor who takes poetic revenge on the critics who denied him recognition. He kills his critics using methods inspired by Shakespeare's plays, including a murder inspired by Henry VI, part 1.

Henry VI Part 2

Michael Hayes director
Terry Scully as Henry VI
Directed by John Barton and Peter Hall
David Warner as Henry VI
Ian Holm as Richard
Released in the USA as part of the "Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare" series.

Henry VI Part 3

Michael Hayes director
Terry Scully as Henry VI
Julian Glover as Edward
Paul Daneman as Richard
Directed by John Barton and Peter Hall
David Warner as Henry VI
Ian Holm as Richard Duke of Gloucester
Released in the USA as part of the "Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare" series.

Henry VIII

Released in the USA as part of the "Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare" series.

King John

Released in the USA as part of the "Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare" series.

Richard II

Performances

Michael Hayes director
David William as Richard II
Tom Fleming as Bolingbroke
Directed by John Barton and Peter Hall
Released in the USA as part of the "Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare" series.
Deborah Warner director
Fiona Shaw as Richard II
Richard Bremner as Bolingbroke
Graham Crowden as John of Gaunt
Kevin McKidd as Hotspur
John Farrell director
Matte Osian as Richard

Adaptations

Orson Welles director and as Falstaff
Keith Baxter as Hal
John Gielgud as Henry IV

Richard III

Performances

Laurence Olivier director and as Richard
John Gielgud as Clarence
Ralph Richardson as Buckingham
Claire Bloom as Lady Anne
Michael Hayes director
Julian Glover as Edward IV
Paul Daneman as Richard III
Jerome Willis as Richmond
Directed by John Barton and Peter Hall
Ian Holm as Richard III
Released in the USA as part of the "Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare" series.
A direct filming, from the stage, of Michael Bogdanov and Michael Pennington's 7-play sequence based on Shakespeare's history plays.
Natalia Orlova director
Antony Sher as the voice of Richard
Richard Loncraine director
Ian McKellen as Richard
Annette Bening as Elizabeth
Nigel Hawthorne as Clarence
Kristin Scott Thomas as Lady Anne
Maggie Smith as the Duchess of York

Adaptations

1939 version
Rowland V. Lee director
Basil Rathbone as Richard
Boris Karloff as Mord (an executioner)
This particular film was remade in 1962 with Vincent Price as Richard III
Douglas Hickox director
Vincent Price as Edward Lionheart
Diana Rigg as Edwina Lionheart

Vincent Price plays a Shakespearean actor who takes poetic revenge on the critics who denied him recognition. He kills his critics using methods inspired by Shakespeare's plays, including a murder inspired by Richard III.

Other

Shakespeare as a character

John Madden director
Mark Norman and Tom Stoppard screenwriters
Joseph Fiennes as Will Shakespeare
Gwyneth Paltrow as Viola De Lesseps
Colin Firth as Lord Wessex
Judi Dench as Queen Elizabeth I
  • A Waste of Shame (UK, TV, 2005) is a dramatisation of Shakespeare's life at the time of writing the Sonnets.
John McKay director
Rupert Graves as Shakespeare
Anna Chancellor as Anne Shakespeare
Tom Sturridge as the Fair Youth (interpreted as William Herbert)
Indira Varma as the Dark Lady (named Lucie)
Andrew Tiernan as the Rival Poet (interpreted as Ben Jonson)

Acting Shakespeare

Ernst Lubitsch director
James Ivory director
Felicity Kendal as Lizzie
Shashi Kapoor as Sanju
Madhur Jaffrey (later famous as a TV chef) as Manjula
Mel Brooks director
  • The Dreamer of Oz: The L. Frank Baum Story includes a badly-performed rendition of Hamlet's graveyard speech (not by Baum, who plays a watchman, though he did play Hamlet over 200 times in real life).
Jack Bender director
Kenneth Branagh director
Michael Maloney as Joe (Hamlet)
Julia Sawalha as Nina (Ophelia)

Television series

NOTE: "ShakespeaRe-Told", "The Animated Shakespeare" and "BBC Television Shakespeare" series have been covered above, under the respective play performed in each episode.

  • The South Bank Show: Speaking Shakespearean Verse
  • The South Bank Show: Preparing to Perform Shakespeare
  • 1. The Two Traditions
  • 2. Using the Verse
  • 3. Language and Character
  • 4. Set Speeches and Soliloquies
  • 5. Irony and Ambiguity
  • 6. Passion and Coolness
  • 7. Rehearsing the Text
  • 8. Exploring a Character
  • 9. Poetry and Hidden Poetry

Three further episodes were filmed but never edited or screened. They were to be called "Using the Prose", "Using the Sonnets" and "Contemporary Shakespeare". Their text can be read in the book "Playing Shakespeare" by John Barton.

  • The Shakespeare Sessions (USA 19??) was an American spin-off from Playing Shakespeare (above) in which John Barton directs notable American actors in Shakespeare scenes.
  • The first series of The Black Adder (TV, UK, 1983), written by Richard Curtis and Rowan Atkinson, is a parody of Shakespeare's plays, particularly Macbeth, Richard III and Henry V.
  • Conjuring Shakespeare (TV, UK, 199?) was a series of half-hour documentaries hosted by Fiona Shaw, each episode dealing with scenes from a particular play.
  • In Search of Shakespeare (TV, UK, 2003) was a BBC documentary series of four 1-hour episodes, chronicling the life of William Shakespeare, written and presented by Michael Wood.
  • Slings and Arrows (TV, Canada, 2003-2006) was a Canadian comedy-drama set in the New Burbage Shakespeare Festival, a fictional Shakespearean festival in a small town in Canada comparable to the real-life Stratford Shakespeare Festival. With its entire run written by Susan Coyne, Bob Martin and Mark McKinney, directed by Peter Wellington, and starring Paul Gross, Martha Burns and Stephen Ouimette, it aired in three seasons of six 1-hour episodes each.
  • Som & Fúria (TV, Brazil, 2009) is a Brazilian adaptation of Slings and Arrows.

Academic

  • The "Themes of Shakespeare" series contains straight-to-video short documentaries, each considering the theme of a particular play. The contributors are Professor Stanley Wells, and Dr. Robert Smallwood of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.
  • Two lecture series given by professor Peter Saccio were filmed and are commercially available on DVD.

Miscellaneous

References

  1. ^ Young, Mark (ed.). The Guinness Book of Records 1999, Bantam Books, 358; Voigts-Virchow, Eckartm (2004), Janespotting and Beyond: British Heritage Retrovisions Since the Mid-1990s, Gunter Narr Verlag, 92.
  2. ^ Keyishian, Harry Shakespeare and the movie genre: the case of Hamlet in Jackson, Russell The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare on Film (Cambridge University Press, 2000) p.73
  3. ^ McKernan, Luke The Real Thing At Last in McKernan, Luke and Terris, Olwen (eds.) Walking Shadows: Shakespeare in the National Film and Television Archive (British Film Institute, 1994, ISBN 0-85170-486-7) pp.2-3
  4. ^ Greene, Graham reviewing George Cukor's 1936 Romeo and Juliet in The Spectator. Extracted from Greene, Graham and Taylor, John Russell (ed.) "The Pleasure Dome. Collected Film Criticism 1935-40" (Oxford, 1980) cited by Jackson, Russell "From Play-Script to Screenplay" in Jackson, Russell (ed.) "The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare on Film (15-34) at p.21
  5. ^ Mirren 'to star in Tempest film'
  6. ^ Howard, Tony Shakespeare's Cinematic Offshoots in Jackson, Russell (ed.) The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare on Film Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000 ISBN 0512639751 295-313 at 296
  7. ^ Howard, Tony "Shakespeare's Cinematic Offshoots" in Jackson, Russell (ed.) "The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare on Film" (Cambridge University Press, 2000, ISBN 0-521-63975-1) p.309

Further reading

  • Brode, Douglas. "Shakespeare in the Movies: From the Silent Era to Today." (Oxford University Press, 2001).
  • Buchanan, Judith. Shakespeare on Film. (Longman-Pearson, 2005). ISBN 0582437164.
  • Buchanan, Judith. Shakespeare on Silent Film: An Excellent Dumb Discourse. (Cambridge University Press, 2009). ISBN 0521871999.
  • Buhler, Stephen. "Shakespeare in the Cinema: Ocular Proof", (State University of New York Press, 2002).
  • Jackson, Russell (ed.) "The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare on Film" (Cambridge University Press, 2000).
  • McKernan, Luke and Olwen Terris, Ed. "WALKING SHADOWS: Shakespeare in the National Film and Television Archive" (BFI Publishing, 1994). A detailed listing of performances, adaptations and allusions to Shakespeare in film and on television.
  • Olwen Terris, Eve-Marie Oesterlen and Luke McKernan (ed.) "Shakespeare on Film, Television and Radio: The Researcher's Guide" (London, BUFVC Publishing, 2009)
  • ^ Rothwell, Kenneth S. "Shakespeare in silence: from stage to screen." A History of Shakespeare on Screen. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 1999.
  • Jackson, Russell. "Shakespeare Films in the Making: Vision, Production and Reception", (Cambridge University Press, 2007).

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