List of William Shakespeare screen adaptations

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More than 410 feature-length film and TV 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.

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Comedies[edit]

All's Well That Ends Well[edit]

  • All's Well That Ends Well (TV, UK, 1968)
Directors: John Barton, Claude Whatham
Lynn Farleigh (Helena), Ian Richardson (Count Bertram), Catherine Lacey (The Countess of Rousillon), Sebastian Shaw (The King of France), Clive Swift (Parolles), Caroline Hunt (Diana), Elizabeth Spriggs (A Widow of Florence), Brewster Mason (Lafew), Ian Hogg (Lavatch)
  • All's Well That Ends Well (TV, USA, 1978)
Director: Wilford Leach
Pamela Reed (Helena), Marc Linn (Count Bertram), Elizabeth Wilson (The Countess of Rousillon), Larry Pines (Parolles), Frances Conroy (Diana), Barbara Williams (A Widow of Florence), John Ferraro (Lavatch)
Director: Elijah Moshinsky
Angela Down (Helena), Ian Charleson (Count Bertram), Celia Johnson (The Countess of Rousillon), Donald Sinden (The King of France), Peter Jeffrey (Parolles), Pippa Guard (Diana), Rosemary Leach (A Widow of Florence), Michael Hordern (Lafew), Paul Brooke (Lavatch)
Director: Marianne Elliott
Michelle Terry (Helena), George Rainsford (Count Bertram), Claire Higgins (The Countess of Rousillon), Oliver Ford Davies (The King of France), Conleth Hill (Parolles)

As You Like It[edit]

Main article: As You Like It
  • As You Like It (USA, 1912)
Directors: J. Stuart Blackton, Charles Kent, James Young
Rose Coghlan (Rosalind), Maurice Costello (Orlando), Rosemary Theby (Celia), Charles Kent (Jaques), Robert McWade Sr (Touchstone), Harry T. Morey (Duke Frederick), Tefft Johnson (Duke Senior), Robert Gaillard (Oliver), Charles Eldridge (Corin), George Ober (Adam), Rose Tapley (Phebe), James W. Morrison (Silvius), Kate Price (Audrey)
  • Love in a Wood (UK, 1915)
Director: Maurice Elvey
Elisabeth Risdon (Rosalind)
Gerald Ames (Orlando)
Vera Cunningham (Celia)
Frank Stanmore (Touch-stone)
Kenelm Foss (Oliver)
Director: Paul Czinner
Elisabeth Bergner (Rosalind)
Laurence Olivier (Orlando)
Sophie Stewart (Celia)
Leon Quartermaine (Jaques)
Mackenzie Ward (Touchstone)
Felix Aylmer (Duke Frederick)
Henry Ainley (Duke Senior)
John Laurie (Oliver)
Aubrey Mather (Corin)
J. Fisher White (Adam)
Joan White (Phebe)
Richard Ainley (Silvius)
Dorice Fordred (Audrey)
  • As You Like It (TV, UK, 1963)
Directors: Michael Elliott, Ronald Eyre
Vanessa Redgrave (Rosalind)
Patrick Allen (Orlando)
Rosalind Knight (Celia)
Max Adrian (Jaques)
Patrick Wymark (Touchstone)
Tony Church (Duke Frederick)
Paul Hardwick (Duke Senior)
David Buck (Oliver)
Russell Hunter (Corin)
Clifford Rose (Adam)
Jeanne Hepple (Phebe)
Peter Gill (Silvius)
Patsy Byrne (Audrey)
Director: Basil Coleman
Helen Mirren (Rosalind)
Brian Stirner (Orlando)
Angharad Rees (Celia):
Richard Pasco (Jaques)
James Bolam (Touchstone)
Richard Easton (Duke Frederick)
Tony Church (Duke Senior)
Clive Francis (Oliver)
David Lloyd Meredith (Corin)
Arthur Hewlett (Adam)
Victoria Plucknett (Phebe)
Maynard Williams (Silvius)
Marilyn Le Conte (Audrey)
  • As You Like It (TV, Canada, 1983)
Director: Herb Roland
Roberta Maxwell (Rosalind), Andrew Gillies (Orlando), Rosemary Dunsmore (Celia), Christopher Gibson (Jaques), Lewis Gordon (Touchstone), Graeme Campbell (Duke Frederick), William Needles (Duke Senior), Stephen Russell (Oliver), Mervyn Blake (Adam), Mary Haney (Phebe), John Jarvis (Silvius), Elizabeth Leigh-Milne (Audrey)
  • As You Like It (UK, 1992)
Director: Christine Edzard
Emma Croft (Rosalind), Andrew Tiernan (Orlando/Oliver), Celia Bannerman (Celia), James Fox (Jaques), Griff Rhys Jones (Touchstone), Don Henderson (Duke Frederick/Duke Senior), Roger Hammond (Corin), Cyril Cusack (Adam), Valerie Gogan (Phebe), Ewen Bremmer (Silvius), Miriam Margolyes (Audrey)
Director: Alexei Karaev
Sylvestra Le Touzel (Rosalind), John McAndrew (Orlando), Maria Miles (Celia/Audrey), Nathaniel Parker (Jaques/Oliver), Peter Gunn (Touchstone), Christopher Benjamin (Duke Frederick/Corin), Garard Green (Duke Senior/Adam), Eiry Thomas (Phebe), David Holt (Silvius)
Director: Kenneth Branagh
Bryce Dallas Howard (Rosalind), David Oyelowo (Orlando), Romola Garai (Celia), Kevin Kline (Jaques), Alfred Molina (Touchstone), Brian Blessed (Duke Frederick/Duke Senior), Adrian Lester (Oliver), Jimmy Yuill (Corin), Richard Briers (Adam), Jade Jefferies (Phebe), Alex Wyndham (Silvius), Janet McTeer (Audrey)
  • As You Like It (TV, CA, 2010)
Directors: Robert Budreau, Des McAnuff
Andrea Runge (Rosalind), Paul Nolan (Orlando), Brent Carver (Jaques), Ben Carlson (Touchstone), Tom Rooney (Duke Frederick/Duke Senior)
Director: Thea Sharrock
Naomi Frederick (Rosalind), Jack Laskey (Orlando), Laura Rogers (Celia), Tim McMullan (Jaques), Dominic Rowan (Touchstone), Brendan Hughes (Duke Frederick), Philip Bird (Duke Senior), Jamie Parker (Oliver), Trevor Martin (Adam), Sophie Duval (Audrey)

The Comedy of Errors[edit]

Main article: The Comedy of Errors
A. Edward Sutherland director
Allan Jones as 7Antipholus of Ephesus/Antipholus of Syracuse
Joe Penner as Dromio of Ephesus/Dromio of Syracuse
  • Festival The Comedy of Errors (TV, UK, 1967)
Peter Duguid, Clifford Williams directors
Ian Richardson and Alec McCowen as Antipholus of Ephesus and Syracuse
Clifford Rose and Barry MacGregor as Dromio of Ephesus and Syracuse
  • The Comedy of Errors (TV, UK, 1978)
Philip Casson - Director
Mike Gwilym and Roger Rees as Antipholus of Ephesus and Syracuse
Nickolas Grace and Michael Williams as Dromio of Ephesus and Syracuse
Judi Dench as Adriana
Francesca Annis as Luciana
Gulzar director
Sanjeev Kumar as the two Ashoks
Deven Verman as the two Bahadurs
James Cellan Jones director
Michael Kitchen as Antipholus of Ephesus/Antipholus of Syracuse
Roger Daltrey as Dromio of Ephesus/Dromio of Syracuse
  • The Comedy of Errors (TV, USA, 1987)
Robert Woodruff director
Howard Jay Patterson and Paul David Magid as Antipholus of Ephesus and Syracuse
Randy Nelson and Samuel Ross Williams as Dromio of Ephesus and Syracuse
  • The Comedy of Errors (TV, CA, 1989)
Director: Richard Monette
Geordie Johnson (Antipholus of Ephesus/Antipholus of Syracuse), Keith Dinicol as (Dromio of Ephesus/Dromio of Syracuse), Nicholos Pennell (Egeon), James Blendick (The Duke of Ephesus), Goldie Semple (Adriana), Kate Hennig (Luciana), Douglas Chamberlain (Angelo), Wenna Shaw (Emilia)

Cymbeline[edit]

Main article: Cymbeline
  • Cymbeline (USA, 1913)
Lucius Henderson director
William Russell as Cymbeline
Florence La Badie as Imogen
Elijah Moshinsky director
Richard Johnson as Cymbeline
Helen Mirren as Imogen

Love's Labour's Lost[edit]

Main article: Love's Labour's Lost
Basil Coleman director
Martin Shaw as Ferdinand
Lorna Heilbron as the Princess of France
Elijah Moshinsky director
Jonathan Kent as Ferdinand
Maureen Lipman as the Princess of France
Kenneth Branagh director
Alessandro Nivola as Ferdinand
Alicia Silverstone as the Princess of France

Measure For Measure[edit]

Main article: Measure for Measure
Desmond Davis director
Kenneth Colley as Duke Vincentio
Kate Nelligan as Isabella
  • Performance Measure for Measure (TV, UK, 1995)
David Thacker director
Tom Wilkinson as Duke Vincentio
Juliet Aubrey as Isabella

The Merchant of Venice[edit]

  • The Merchant of Venice (UK, 1916)
Walter West director
Matheson Lang as Shylock
Hutin Britton as Portia
  • The Merchant of Venice (UK, 1922)
Challis Sanderson director
Ivan Berlyn as Shylock
Sybil Thorndike as Portia
  • The Merchant of Venice (TV, UK, 1947)
George More O'Ferrall director
Abraham Sofaer as Shylock
Margaretta Scott as Portia
Hal Burton director
Michael Hordern as Shylock
Rachel Gurney as Portia
Cedric Messina director
Frank Finlay as Shylock
Maggie Smith as Portia
  • The Merchant of Venice (TV, UK, 1973)[3]
John Sichel director
Laurence Olivier as Shylock
Joan Plowright as Portia
Jeremy Brett as Bassanio
  • The Merchant of Venice (TV, CA, 1976)
John Sichel director
Antony Holland as Shylock
Trish Grange as Portia
Jack Gold director
Warren Mitchell as Shylock
Gemma Jones as Portia
  • The Merchant of Venice (TV, UK, 1996)
Alan Horrox director
Bob Peck as Shylock
Haydn Gwynne as Portia
Chris Hunt, Trevor Nunn directors
Henry Goodman as Shylock
Derbhle Crotty as Portia
Don Selwyn director
Waihoroi Shortland as Hairoka (Shylock)
Ngarimu Daniels as Portia (Pohia)
Michael Radford director
Al Pacino as Shylock
Lynn Collins as Portia

The Merry Wives of Windsor[edit]

Julian Amyes director
Robert Atkins as Falstaff
Betty Huntley-Wright as Mistress Ford
Orson Welles director and as Falstaff
Ralph Richardson as Narrator
John Gielgud as King Henry IV
Keith Baxter as Hal
Margaret Rutherford as Mistress Quickly
Jeanne Moreau as Doll Tearsheet
Beatrice Welles as Falstaff's Page
Alan Webb as Justice Shallow
  • The Merry Wives of Windsor (TV, USA, 1970)
Jack Manning director
Leon Charles as Falstaff
Valerine Seelie-Snyder as Mistress Ford
Christian Ebil director
Richard Griffiths as Falstaff
Judy Davis as Mistress Ford

A Midsummer Night's Dream[edit]

Charles Kent and J. Stuart Blackton directors
Florence Turner as Titania
William V. Ranous as Bottom
Gladys Hulette as Puck
Max Reinhart and William Dieterle directors
Anita Louise as Titania
Victor Jory as Oberon
James Cagney as Bottom
Mickey Rooney as Puck
Dick Powell as Lysander
Joe E. Brown as Flute
Ian Hunter as Theseus
Peter Hall director
Judi Dench as Titania
Ian Richardson as Oberon
Paul Rogers as Bottom
Ian Holm as Puck
Diana Rigg as Helena
Helen Mirren as Hermia
David Warner as Lysander
Michael Jayston as Demetrius
Sebastian Shaw as Peter Quince
Michael Hoffman director
Michel Pfeiffer as Titania
Rupert Everett as Oberon
Kevin Kline as Bottom
Stanley Tucci as Puck
Callista Flockhart as Helena
Christian Bale as Demetrius
Sophie Marceau as Hippolyta
Roger Rees as Peter Quince

Adaptations[edit]

  • sueve El Sueño de una noche de San Juan (aka "Midsummer Dream", Spain and Portugal, 2005) is an animated adaptation of the Cream 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."
  • 10ml LOVE (2010), a romantic comedy in Hindi concerning the tribulations of a love quadrangle during a night of magic & madness directed by Sharat Katariya is a contemporary adaptation of`A Midsummer Night`s Dream'.

Much Ado About Nothing[edit]

Performances[edit]

  • Much Ado About Nothing (TV, US, 1973) (videotaped)
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[edit]

Sarah Parish as Beatrice
Damian Lewis as Benedick
Billie Piper as Hero
Martin Jarvis as Leonard (the Leonato character)
Amy Acker as Beatrice
Alexis Denisof as Benedick
Fran Kranz as Claudio
Jillian Morgese as Hero
Nathan Fillion as Dogberry
Clark Gregg as Leonato
Reed Diamond as Don Pedro
Sean Maher as Don John

Pericles[edit]

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

The Taming of the Shrew[edit]

Performances[edit]

Mary Pickford as Katherine
Douglas Fairbanks as Petruchio
Franco Zeffirelli director
Elizabeth Taylor as Katherine
Richard Burton as Petruchio
Michael Hordern as Baptista
Cyril Cusack as Grumio
Michael York as Lucentio
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[edit]

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
LL Cool J 'Petruchio'
Gabrielle Union 'Katerina'
Shirley Henderson as Katherine
Rufus Sewell as Petruchio
Andrew Honor director

The Tempest[edit]

Main article: The Tempest § Screen

Performances[edit]

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
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.[6])
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
  • The Tempest (2010 Stratford Shakespeare Festival Production / video)
Des McAnuff director
Christopher Plummer as Prospero
Julyana Soelistyo as Ariel
Trish Lindstrom as Miranda
Gareth Potter as Ferdinand

Adaptations[edit]

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
Gena Rowlands as Antonia
Peter Greenaway director
John Gielgud as Prospero
Isabelle Pasco as Miranda
Jack Bender director
Peter Fonda as Gideon Prosper
Per Åhlin director, manuscript
Karl Rasmusson manuscript

Twelfth Night[edit]

Main article: Twelfth Night

Performances[edit]

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
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.
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 adaptation of Paul McCartney's Once Upon A Long Ago.)[citation needed]
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
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[edit]

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[edit]

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

The Winter's Tale[edit]

Main article: The Winter's Tale

Performances[edit]

Released in the USA as part of the "Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare" series.
Stanislav Sokolov director
Anton Lesser
Jenny Agutter
Greg Doran director
Antony Sher as Leontes

Adaptations[edit]

Tragedies[edit]

Antony and Cleopatra[edit]

Main article: Antony and Cleopatra

Performances[edit]

Charlton Heston, also director, as Antony
Hildegarde Neil as Cleopatra
Eric Porter as Enobarbus
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[edit]

Jayaraaj director
Lal as Manikyan
Siddique as Choman
Nandita Das as Kannaki

Coriolanus[edit]

Main article: Coriolanus (play)
Released in the USA as part of the "Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare" series.
Ralph Fiennes as Coriolanus
Gerard Butler as Tullus Aufidius
Vanessa Redgrave as Volumnia
Brian Cox as Menenius

Hamlet[edit]

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[edit]

Main article: Julius Caesar (play)

Performances[edit]

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
Louis Calhern as Julius Caesar
Deborah Kerr as Portia
Greer Garson as Calphuria
Edmund O'Brian as Casca
Charlton Heston as Mark Antony
Jason Robards as Brutus
John Gielgud as Caesar
Richard Johnson as Cassius
Diana Rigg as Portia
Richard Chamberlain as Octavius 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
Gregory Doran, director
Paterson Joseph as Brutus
Ray Fearon as Mark Antony
Jeffery Kissoon as Julius Caesar
Cyril Nri as Cassius
Adjoa Andoh as Portia

Adaptations[edit]

  • Heil Caesar is an adaptation set in an unnamed modern country

King Lear[edit]

Main article: King Lear
See also its section on screen adaptations.

Performances[edit]

Peter Brook/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
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
Diana Rigg as Regan
Dorothy Tutin as Goneril
Robert Lang as Albany
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
Brian Blessed director and as Lear
Hildegard Neil as Fool

Adaptations[edit]

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[edit]

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

The most significant screen performances are:

See also

Among the screen adaptations are:

Othello[edit]

Main article: Othello

Performances[edit]

Dimitri Buchowetzki director
Emil Jannings as Othello
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
Derek Jacobi as Cassio
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[edit]

  • 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)
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 Bhardwaj 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 (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.
  • Hrid Majharey (India, Bengali, 2014) - A tragic love story loosely inspired by Othello, the film is a tribute to the Bard on his 450th Birth Anniversary.
Ranjan Ghosh writer-director
Abir Chatterjee as Abhijit Mukherjee (Othello)
Raima Sen as Debjani (Desdemona)
Math professor Abhijit and trainee Cardiologist Debjani's love story begins one rainy evening on a lonely Calcutta street. And it ends on yet another rainy evening in Port Blair, in the Andaman Islands. In between, lies a roller coaster journey dotted by love and jealousy, faith and delusion, destiny and free will. Elements of Shakespeare's Macbeth and Julius Caesar are also found in this love tragedy.

Romeo and Juliet[edit]

This is a brief of the main articles Romeo and Juliet on screen and Romeo and Juliet (films), where a complete list may be found.
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[edit]

Main article: 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
John Bird and John Fortune as the Painter and the Poet

Titus Andronicus[edit]

Main article: Titus Andronicus

Performances[edit]

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
Christopher Dunne director
Robert Reece (actor) as Titus Andronicus
Candy K. Sweet as Tamora

Troilus and Cressida[edit]

Main article: Troilus and Cressida

Performances[edit]

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

Histories[edit]

Henry IV Part 1[edit]

Main article: Henry IV, Part 1

Performances[edit]

Michael Hayes director
Tom Fleming as Henry IV
Robert Hardy as Hal
Frank Pettingell as Falstaff
Sean Connery as Hotspur
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
Tim Pigott-Smith as Hotspur
Richard Eyre director
Jeremy Irons as Henry IV
Tom Hiddleston as Hal
Simon Russell Beale as Falstaff
Joe Armstrong as Hotspur

Adaptations[edit]

Orson Welles director and as Falstaff
Ralph Richardson as Narrator
Keith Baxter as Hal
John Gielgud as Henry IV
Margaret Rutherford as Mistress Quickly
Jeanne Moreau as Doll Tearsheet
Beatrice Welles as Falstaff's Page
Alan Webb as Justice Shallow
Gus Van Sant director
River Phoenix as Mike Waters
Keanu Reeves as Scott Favor

Henry IV Part 2[edit]

Main article: Henry IV, Part 2

Performances[edit]

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
Richard Eyre director
Jeremy Irons as Henry IV
Tom Hiddleston as Hal
Simon Russell Beale as Falstaff

Adaptations[edit]

Orson Welles director and as Falstaff
Ralph Richardson as Narrator
Keith Baxter as Hal
John Gielgud as Henry IV
Margaret Rutherford as Mistress Quickly
Jeanne Moreau as Doll Tearsheet
Beatrice Welles as Falstaff's Page
Alan Webb as Justice Shallow

Henry V[edit]

Main article: Henry V (play)

Performances[edit]

Laurence Olivier director and as Henry V
Robert Newton as Pistol
Leslie Banks as Chorus
Max Adrian as the Dauphin
Felix Aylmer as Archbishop of Canterbury
Ernest Thesiger as Duke of Berry
Leo Genn as Constable of France
George Robey as Falstaff
Michael Hayes director
Robert Hardy as Henry V
Released in the USA as part of the "Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare" series.
Kenneth Branagh director and as Henry V
Derek Jacobi as Chorus
Ian Holm as Fluellen
Brian Blessed as Exeter
Paul Scofield as King of France
Emma Thompson as Katherine
Judi Dench as Mistress Quickly
Robert Stephens as Pistol
Christian Bale as Boy
Thea Sharrock director
Tom Hiddleston as Henry V

Adaptations[edit]

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

Henry VI Part 1[edit]

Main article: Henry VI, Part 1

Performances[edit]

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.

Henry VI Part 2[edit]

Main article: 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[edit]

Main article: 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[edit]

Main article: Henry VIII (play)
Released in the USA as part of the "Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare" series.

King John[edit]

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

Richard II[edit]

Main article: Richard II (play)

Performances[edit]

Michael Hayes director
David William as Richard II
Tom Fleming as Bolingbroke
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
Rupert Goold director
Ben Whishaw as Richard II
Rory Kinnear as Bolingbroke
Patrick Stewart as John of Gaunt

Adaptations[edit]

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

Richard III[edit]

Main article: Richard III (play)

Performances[edit]

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
  • Richard III radio play:
Marc Beeby director
Douglas Henshall as Richard
Anastasia Hill as Elizabeth
Geraldine James as the Duchess of York
Michael Maloney as Clarance
music composed and realised by David Pickvance

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  • Richard III audio CD
David Timson director
Kenneth Branagh as Richard
Geraldine McEwan as Queen Margaret
published by Naxos, recorded September 2000

Adaptations[edit]

Other[edit]

Shakespeare as a character[edit]

John Madden director
Marc 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[edit]

Ernst Lubitsch director
James Ivory director
Felicity Kendal as Lizzie
Shashi Kapoor as Sanju
Madhur Jaffrey as Manjula
Mel Brooks director
Jack Bender director
Kenneth Branagh director
Michael Maloney as Joe (Hamlet)
Julia Sawalha as Nina (Ophelia)

Television series[edit]

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

  • Playing Shakespeare (TV, UK, 1979–1984) began as two consecutive episodes of the UK arts series The South Bank Show, and developed into a nine-part series of its own. It features director John Barton, then a leading light of the Royal Shakespeare Company, putting a host of actors through their paces. Many of those actors are now household names, including Judi Dench, Michael Pennington, Patrick Stewart, Ben Kingsley, David Suchet and Ian McKellen. The episodes were:
    • 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.

Academic[edit]

  • 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[edit]

  • Theatre of Blood (UK, 1973). 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 several of Shakespeare's plays: Julius Caesar, Troilus and Cressida, The Merchant of Venice, Richard III, Othello, Cymbeline, Romeo and Juliet, Henry VI Part Two, Titus Andronicus, King Lear.
Douglas Hickox director
Vincent Price as Edward Lionheart
Diana Rigg as Edwina Lionheart
  • The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) by the Reduced Shakespeare Company is a successful West End stage comedy, containing some element of all 37 canonical plays. A film of one of the live performances is commercially available.
  • The Royal Shakespeare Company have released a number of videos in the "Great Performances" series, which contain excerpts from stage performances.
  • The Lion In Winter (US, 1966). This play by James Goldman bears enough similarity to Shakespeare's Histories to warrant inclusion in this list. Set during Christmas 1183 at Henry II of England's castle in Chinon, Anjou, Angevin Empire, the play opens with the arrival of Henry's wife Eleanor of Aquitaine, whom he has had imprisoned since 1173. The story concerns the gamesmanship between Henry, Eleanor, their three surviving sons Richard, Geoffrey, and John, and their Christmas Court guest, the King of France, Philip II Augustus (French: Philippe Auguste), who was the son of Eleanor's ex-husband, Louis VII of France (by his third wife, Adelaide). Also involved is Philip's half-sister Alais, who has been at court since she was betrothed to Richard at age eight, but has since become Henry's mistress. A film version was made in 1968. Productions have been put on by Shakespearean Theater companies (Unseam'd Shakespeare Company production in 2002 & the American Shakespeare Center's Blackfriars Playhouse presented it in complementary repertory with William Shakespeare's King John in 2012).
Anthony Harvey director
Peter O'Toole as King Henry II
Katharine Hepburn as Queen Eleanor
Anthony Hopkins (in his motion picture debut) as Richard the Lionheart
Nigel Terry as John
Timothy Dalton (in his motion picture debut) as King Philip II

References[edit]

  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. ^ "As You Like It (1936)", British Universities Film and Video Council
  3. ^ Michael Brooke "The Merchant of Venice (1974)", BFI Authorised Biography, London, Bloomsbury, 2005, p.592. On 7 October according to IMDb.
  4. ^ a b c d e Chimes at Midnight, BFI The Greatest Films Poll
  5. ^ "The Taming of the Shrew (1967)", New York Times Movies
  6. ^ Mirren 'to star in Tempest film'
  7. ^ Howard, Tony Shakespeare's Cinematic Offshoots in Jackson, Russell (ed.) The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare on Film Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000 ISBN 978-0-521-63975-0 295-313 at 296
  8. ^ "Greenaway, Peter (1942- )", BFI Screenonline
  9. ^ Russell Jackson (ed) The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare on Film], Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000, p.318
  10. ^ "Julius Caesar (1970", British Universities Film and Video Council
  11. ^ "Shakespeare on Film", Harvard Film Archive, film season, 2007
  12. ^ Anthony Davies and Stanley Wells 'Shakespeare and the Moving 'Image: The Plays on Film and Television, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994, p.34
  13. ^ Russell Jackson (ed) The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare on Film, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000, p.331
  14. ^ Russell Jackson (ed) The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare on Film, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000, p.321
  15. ^ Russell Jackson (ed) The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare on Film, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000, p.332
  16. ^ Michael Brooke "Romeo and Juliet on Screen", BFI Screenonline
  17. ^ "Richard III". Retrieved 19 February 2012. 
  18. ^ Howard, Tony "Shakespeare's Cinematic Offshoots" in Jackson, Russell (ed.) "The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare on Film" (Cambridge University Press, 2000, ISBN 978-0-521-63975-0) p.309
  19. ^ "Shakespeare Wallah (1965)", The Criterion Collection

Further reading[edit]

  • 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 978-0-582-43716-6.
  • Buchanan, Judith. Shakespeare on Silent Film: An Excellent Dumb Discourse. (Cambridge University Press, 2009). ISBN 978-0-521-87199-0.
  • Buhler, Stephen. "Shakespeare in the Cinema: Ocular Proof", (State University of New York Press, 2002).
  • Burt, Richard. Unspeakable ShaXXXspeares: Queer Theory and American Kiddie Culture. Revised, paperback edition with a new preface. (New York: St. Martin's Press / London: Macmillan Press, 1999), xxvii. 318 pp.
  • Burt, Richard, ed. Shakespeares After Shakespeare: An Encyclopedia of the Bard in Mass Media and Popular Culture. 2 vol. (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2006), viii; 862 pp.
  • Burt, Richard, ed. Shakespeare After Mass Media. (New York and London: Palgrave, 2002).
  • Burt, Richard and Lynda Boose, ed. Shakespeare, the Movie II: Popularizing the Plays on Film, TV, Video and DVD. (New York and London: Routledge Press, 2003), xi, 340 pp.
  • Burt, Richard and Lynda Boose, ed. Shakespeare, the Movie: Popularizing the Plays on Film, TV, and Video. (New York and London: Routledge Press, 1997), ix, 280 pp. Korean translation, 2001.
  • 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)
  • Pitcaithly, Marcus. Shakespeare on Film: An Encyclopedia (2010; Kindle edition 2012):http://marcuspitcaithly.wix.com/marcus-pitcaithly#!books/cnec
  • ^ 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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