William Shakespeare's has been Macbeth screened numerous times, featuring many of the biggest names from stage, film, and television.
Performances [ edit ]
Macbeth, 1908 film directed by J. Stuart Blackton.
Macbeth (USA, 1916 B&W, Silent, imdb)
Macbeth (USA, 1948)
Hallmark Hall of Fame (USA, TV, 1954, Macbeth imdb)
Hallmark Hall of Fame (1960, Macbeth imdb) Emmy Award-winning remake, featuring an all-British supporting cast, and filmed on location in England and Scotland.
Play of the Month: Macbeth (UK, TV, 1970; USA, TV, 1975)
Macbeth (USA and UK, 1971)
(UK, 1978) film of the Macbeth (1978 TV drama) Royal Shakespeare Company's Other Place production.
Macbeth (UK, 1981)
BBC Television Shakespeare Macbeth (TV, UK, 1988) - Released in the USA as part of the "Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare" series.
The Animated Shakespeare Macbeth (TV, Russia and UK, 1992)
Macbeth (UK, 1997)
Macbeth (TV, UK, 1998)
Macbeth (Video, UK, 2001). Film of the Royal Shakespeare Company's Swan production.
Macbeth (Australia, 2006) film set against the backdrop of a violent gang war in Melbourne, Australia.
Macbeth (UK, 2010) television adaptation of stage production
Adaptations [ edit ]
Joe MacBeth (UK, 1955) is a film noir resetting of the story as a gang war in Chicago
Throne of Blood (a.k.a. Cobweb Castle or Kumonosu-jo) (Japan, 1957) is an adaptation of the Macbeth story to a Japanese setting.
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.
Men of Respect (USA, 1991) is a retelling of the Macbeth story as a Mafia power struggle in New York, in modern English, but closely tracking the original plot.
Scotland, Pa. (USA, 2001) is set in and around a fast food restaurant in the 1970s.
Maqbool (India, 2004) is a Macbeth adaptation set in the Mumbai underworld.
ShakespeaRe-Told Macbeth (UK, TV, 2005) is a modern adaptation by Peter Moffat, set in a Glasgow restaurant.
Teenage Gang Debs (USA, 1966), setting the theme around a teenage girl who joins a street gang.
Theatrical performances within films [ edit ]
Another way in which film-makers use Shakespearean texts is to feature characters who are actors performing those texts, within a wider non-Shakespearean story. In
, the 1987 Italian Opera giallo horror film written and directed by Dario Argento and starring Cristina Marsillach, Urbano Barberini, and Ian Charleson; young opera singer Betty (Marsillach) is reluctantly thrust into the lead role in Verdi's Macbeth. During her first performance, a murder takes place in one of the opera boxes. Mysterious murders continue throughout the film as Betty is stalked and those around her meet their unfortunate end. During the final performance of the opera, the killer is revealed, and Betty must confront her past in a terrifying climax.
See also [ edit ]
Television and film