List of William Shakespeare screen adaptations

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The Guinness Book of Records lists 410 feature-length film and TV versions of William Shakespeare's plays as having been produced, making Shakespeare the most filmed author ever in any language.[1][2]

As of August 2016, the Internet Movie Database lists Shakespeare as having writing credit on 1,292 films, including those under production but not yet released[3]. The earliest known production is King John from 1899.[4]

Comedies[edit]

All's Well That Ends Well[edit]

Title M C Y Directors Starring Description
All's Well That Ends Well TV
  • United Kingdom
1968
Originally a Royal Shakespeare Company stage production, this was the first Shakespeare play broadcast in color by the BBC.[a] The second, of two, reels is believed to be lost.[5]
All's Well That Ends Well Video
  • United States
1978
A video recording of a 1978 New York Shakespeare Festival performance at the Delacorte Theatre, made by Jaime Caro for Theatre on Film and Tape.[6]
"All's Well That Ends Well"
(BBC Television Shakespeare)
TV
  • United Kingdom
1981
All's Well That Ends Well
(National Theatre Live)
TV
  • United Kingdom
2009
Live performance broadcast from the National Theatre in London's West End.

As You Like It[edit]

Title M C Y Directors Starring Description
As You Like It Silent
  • United States
1912
The film brings stage star Rose Coghlan to the screen for her motion picture debut. At 61 or 62 Coghlan is an older Rosalind than usual. Filmed mainly outdoors.
Love in a Wood Silent
  • United Kingdom
1915
A silent comedy film in a contemporary setting of the play.[7][page needed]
As You Like It Film
  • United Kingdom
1936
Olivier's first performance of Shakespeare on screen. It was also the final film of stage actors Leon Quartermaine and Henry Ainley, and featured an early screen role for Ainley's son Richard as Sylvius, as well as for John Laurie, who played Orlando's brother Oliver. Laurie would go on to co-star with Olivier in the three Shakespearean films that Olivier directed.[8]
As You Like It TV
  • United Kingdom
1963
A recording of the Royal Shakespeare Company's 1961 performance for the BBC.[9] In a 2015 retrospective for The Guardian, theatre critic Michael Billington praised Redgrave's performance as having "the ability to give a performance [as Rosalind] that becomes a gold-standard for future generations".[10]
"As You Like It"
(BBC Television Shakespeare)
TV
  • United Kingdom
1978
Recorded at Glamis Castle in Scotland, this was one of only two productions shot on location, the other being The Famous History of the Life of Henry the Eight. However, the location shooting received a lukewarm response from both critics and the BBC's own people, with the general consensus being that the natural world in the episode overwhelmed the actors and the story. Director Basil Coleman initially felt that the play should be filmed over the course of a year, with the change in seasons from winter to summer marking the ideological change in the characters, but he was forced to shoot entirely in May, even though the play begins in winter. This, in turn, meant the harshness of the forest described in the text was replaced by lush greenery, which was distinctly unthreatening, with the characters' "time in the forest appear[ing] to be more an upscale camping expedition rather than exile."[11]
As You Like It TV
  • Canada
1983
As You Like It Film
  • United Kingdom
1992
Set in a modern, urban, environment. The film received mostly negative reviews. Time Out thought that the "… wonder is that they bothered to put film in the camera, for sadly this is Shakespeare sans teeth, eyes, taste, sans everything."[12] Derek Elley in Variety characterised it as a "British low-budgeter, mostly shot on drab exteriors, [that] will be limited to literary students and the very dedicated, given careful nursing."[13]
"As You Like It"
(Shakespeare: The Animated Tales)
TV
  • Russia
    • United Kingdom
1994
Animated with paint on glass using watercolors.[14]
As You Like It Film
  • United Kingdom
2006
Branagh moved the play's setting from medieval France to a late 19th century European colony in Japan after the Meiji Restoration. It is filmed at Shepperton Film Studios and at the never-before-filmed gardens of Wakehurst Place.
As You Like It TV
  • Canada
2010
As You Like It Video
  • United Kingdom
2010
Recording of a performance at Shakespeare's Globe.

The Comedy of Errors[edit]

Title M C Y Directors Starring Description
The Boys from Syracuse Film
  • United States
1940
A musical film based on a stage musical by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, which in turn was based on the play.[15] It was nominated for two Academy Awards: one for Best Visual Effects (John P. Fulton, Bernard B. Brown, Joe Lapis) and one for Best Art Direction (Jack Otterson).[16]
Bhranti Bilas
(Bengali: ভ্রান্তি বিলাস, lit. 'Illusion of illusion')
Film
  • India
1963
The film relocates the story to modern day India. The film tells the story of a Bengali merchant from Kolkata and his servant who visit a small town for a business appointment, but, whilst there, are mistaken for a pair of locals, leading to much confusion. It is based on a 1869 play by Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, which is itself based on The Comedy of Errors. Bhranti Bilas was remade in 1968 as the musical comedy Do Dooni Char, which in turn was later remade as Angoor.
"The Comedy of Errors"
(Festival)
TV
  • United Kingdom
1967
Do Dooni Char Film
  • India
1968
A musical comedy Bollywood adaptation based on the 1963 film Bhranti Bilas, which in turn was based on a 1869 play by Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, which is itself based on The Comedy of Errors. Do Dooni Char was later remade as Angoor.
The Comedy of Errors TV
  • United Kingdom
1978
A TV adaptation of a musical based on the play, with a book and lyrics by Trevor Nunn and music by Guy Woolfenden.
Angoor
(Hindi: अंगूर, lit. 'Grape')
Film
  • India
1982
A musical comedy Bollywood adaptation, based on the 1968 film Do Dooni Char, which was based on the 1963 film Bhranti Bilas, which in turn was based on a 1869 play by Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, which is itself based on The Comedy of Errors.
"The Comedy of Errors"
(BBC Television Shakespeare)
TV
  • United Kingdom
1983
The Comedy of Errors TV
  • United States
1987
Videotaped as part of PBS's Great Performances series at Lincoln Center, New York City, this production starring The Flying Karamazov Brothers combined Shakespeare with slapstick comedy, acrobatics and juggling on the basis that "in Ephesus, you juggle or die!" with Shakespeare himself taking part in the action.
The Comedy of Errors TV
  • Canada
1989

Love's Labour's Lost[edit]

Title M C Y Directors Starring Description
Love's Labor Lost Animation
  • United States
1920
"Love's Labour's Lost"
(Play of the Month)
TV
  • United Kingdom
1975
"Love's Labour's Lost"
(BBC Television Shakespeare)
TV
  • United Kingdom
1985
Love's Labour's Lost Film
  • United Kingdom
2000
Branagh's film turns Love's Labour's Lost into a romantic Hollywood musical. Set and costume design evoke the Europe of 1939; the music (classic Broadway songs of the 1930s) and newsreel-style footage are also chief period details.

Measure For Measure[edit]

Title M C Y Directors Starring Description
Measure for Measure
(Italian: Dente per dente, lit. 'A tooth for a tooth')
Film
  • Italy
1943
"Measure For Measure"
(BBC Television Shakespeare)
TV
  • United Kingdom
1979
Measure for Measure TV
  • United Kingdom
1994
Modern dress version of Shakespeare's "problem comedy" emphasizing the darker elements of the play and eliminating most of the humor.
Measure for Measure Film
  • United Kingdom
2006
  • Bob Komar
  • Simon Phillips (Duke Vincentio)
  • Josephine Rogers (Isabella)
  • Daniel Roberts (Angelo)
  • Simon Nuckley (Claudio)
  • Dawn Murphy (Escalus)
  • Luke Leeves (Lucio)
Contemporary re-working of Shakespeare's problem play set in the British army.
M4M: Measure for Measure Film
  • United States
2015
  • Gabriel Manwaring
  • Jim Kennedy (Duke)
  • Jamison Challeen (Angelo)
  • Vinnie Duyck (Escalus)
  • Noah Mickens (Lucio)
All-male cast version

The Merchant of Venice[edit]

Title M C Y Directors Starring Description
The Merchant of Venice Silent
  • United States
1914
An early film of the play, now assumed to be lost.[17]
The Merchant of Venice Silent
  • United Kingdom
1916
The film was made by Broadwest. The company hired the complete stage cast of the play and filmed at Walthamstow Studios using largely natural light. The film marked the screen debut of Matheson Lang who went on to become one of the leading British actors of the 1920s.[18]
The Merchant of Venice Film
  • United Kingdom
1922
The Merchant of Venice TV
  • United Kingdom
1947
"The Merchant of Venice"
(Sunday Night Theatre)
TV
  • United Kingdom
1955
"The Merchant of Venice"
(Play of the Month)
TV
  • United Kingdom
1972
The Merchant of Venice TV
  • United Kingdom
1973
An adaptation from Jonathan Miller's acclaimed 1970 Royal National Theatre staging.[19]
The Merchant of Venice TV
  • Canada
1976
"The Merchant of Venice"
(BBC Television Shakespeare)
TV
  • United Kingdom
1980
The Merchant of Venice TV
  • United Kingdom
1996
The Merchant of Venice TV
  • United Kingdom
2001
The Maori Merchant of Venice
(Māori: Te Tangata Whai Rawa o Weniti)
Film
  • New Zealand
2002 The play was translated into Māori in 1945 by Pei Te Hurinui Jones, and his translation is used for the film. It is the first Māori-language film adaptation of any of Shakespeare's plays, and the first feature length Māori film.[20] The film was shot in Auckland, but "recreates 16th century Venice, with costumes and surroundings to fit the original setting".[21]
The Merchant of Venice Film
  • United States
2004

The Merry Wives of Windsor[edit]

Title M C Y Directors Starring Description
The Merry Wives of Windsor
(German: Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor)
Film
  • East Germany
1950
"The Merry Wives of Windsor"
(Sunday Night Theatre)
TV
  • United Kingdom
1952
Chimes at Midnight Film
  • Switzerland
  • Spain
1966
Welles said that the core of the film's story was "the betrayal of friendship." The script contains text from five of Shakespeare's plays: primarily Henry IV, Part 1 and Henry IV, Part 2, but also Richard II and Henry V, as well as some dialogue from The Merry Wives of Windsor. Ralph Richardson's narration is taken from the works of chronicler Raphael Holinshed. Welles had previously produced a Broadway stage adaptation of nine Shakespeare plays called Five Kings in 1939. In 1960, he revived this project in Ireland as Chimes at Midnight, which was his final on-stage performance. Neither of these plays was successful, but Welles considered portraying Falstaff to be his life's ambition and turned the project into a film. In order to get initial financing, Welles lied to producer Emiliano Piedra about intending to make a version of Treasure Island, and keeping the film funded during its production was a constant struggle. Welles shot Chimes at Midnight throughout Spain between 1964 and 1965; it premiered at the 1966 Cannes Film Festival, winning two awards there.
The Merry Wives of Windsor TV
  • United States
1970
"The Merry Wives of Windsor"
(BBC Television Shakespeare)
TV
  • United Kingdom
1982
Jones originally wanted to shoot the episode in Stratford-upon-Avon but was restricted to a studio setting. Determined that the production be as realistic as possible, he had designer Dom Homfray base the set on real Tudor houses associated with Shakespeare: Falstaff's room is based on the home of Mary Arden (Shakespeare's mother) in Wilmcote, and the wives' houses are based on the house of Shakespeare's daughter Susanna, and her husband, John Hall. For the background of exterior shots, he used a miniature Tudor village built of plasticine.[22]

A Midsummer Night's Dream[edit]

Title M C Y Directors Starring Description
A Midsummer Night's Dream Silent
  • United States
1909
The first film adaptation of the play.
Wood Love
(German: Ein Sommernachtstraum)
Silent
  • Germany
1925
A Midsummer Night's Dream Film
  • United States
1935
Austrian-born director Max Reinhardt did not speak English at the time of the film's production. He gave orders to the actors and crew in German with William Dieterle acting as his interpreter. The film was banned in Nazi Germany because of the Jewish backgrounds of Reinhardt and composer Felix Mendelssohn. The shooting schedule had to be rearranged after Mickey Rooney broke his leg while skiing. According to Rooney's memoirs, Jack L. Warner was furious and threatened to kill him and then break his other leg. This was the film debut of Olivia de Havilland.[23]
A Midsummer Night's Dream
(Czech: Sen noci svatojánské)
Film
  • Czechoslovakia
1959 An animated puppet film directed by Jiří Trnka. It was an Official Selection as a Feature Film at the 1959 Cannes Film Festival, and won special distinction.[24] An English-language dubbed version was made with narration by Richard Burton.[25]
A Midsummer Night's Dream Film
  • United Kingdom
1968
The film premiered in theatres in Europe in September 1968. In the U.S., it was sold directly to television rather than playing in theatres, and premiered as a Sunday evening special, on the night of 9 February 1969. It was shown on CBS (with commercials).
A Midsummer Night's Dream
(French: Le Songe d'une nuit d'été)
TV
  • France
1969
"A Midsummer Night's Dream"
(BBC Television Shakespeare)
TV
  • United Kingdom
1980
Released in the USA as part of the Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare series.
Dream of a Summer Night
(Italian: Sogno di una Notte d'Estate)
Film
  • Italy
1983
Based on a rock musical directed by Salvatores, it is a musical adaptation of the play.[26][27] It was screened in the "De Sica" section at the 40th edition of the Venice International Film Festival.[28]
"A Midsummer Night's Dream"
(Shakespeare: The Animated Tales)
TV
  • Russia
  • United Kingdom
1992
A Midsummer Night's Dream Film
  • United States
  • Germany
  • Italy
1999
A Midsummer Night's Dream was filmed on location in Lazio and Tuscany, and at Cinecittà Studios, Rome, Italy. The action of the play was transported from Athens, Greece, to a fictional Monte Athena, located in the Tuscan region of Italy, although all textual mentions of Athens were retained. The film made use of Felix Mendelssohn's incidental music for an 1843 stage production (including the famous Wedding March), alongside operatic works from Giuseppe Verdi, Gaetano Donizetti, Vincenzo Bellini, Gioacchino Rossini and Pietro Mascagni.[29]
The Children's Midsummer Night's Dream Film
  • United Kingdom
2001
  • Derek Jacobi (voice of Theseus)
  • Samantha Bond (voice of Hippolyta)
  • Dominic Haywood-Benge (Oberon)
  • Rajouana Zalal (Titania)
  • Leane Lyson (Puck)
  • Danny Bishop (Lysander)
  • Jamie Peachey (Hermia)
  • Jessica Fowler (Helena)
  • John Heyfron (Demetrius)
  • Oliver Szczypka (Bottom)
  • Daniel Rouse (Peter Quince)
In this version, a group of school children are attending a puppet performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream when they are drawn into the story and become the characters, dressed in Elizabethan costumes.
Get Over It Film
  • United States
2001
a modern musical adaptation set at a high school 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.
A Midsummer Night's Rave Film
  • United States
2002
a modern adaptation set at a warehouse party
Midsummer Dream
(Spanish: El Sueño de una Noche de San Juan)
Film
  • Spain
  • Portugal
2005
An animated adaptation of the Cream story.
"A Midsummer Night's Dream"
(ShakespeaRe-Told)
TV
  • United Kingdom
2005
a modern adaptation
Were the World Mine Film
  • United States
2008
  • Tom Gustafson
The film, inspired by the play, 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 Film
  • India
2010
a romantic comedy in Hindi concerning the tribulations of a love quadrangle during a night of magic and madness and a contemporary adaptation of A Midsummer Night's Dream.
A Midsummer Night's Dream Film
  • United States
2015
film of Polonsky Shakespeare Center, Brooklyn, NY stage production
Strange Magic Film
  • United States
2015
A computer-animated musical fantasy romantic comedy film with feature animation by Lucasfilm Animation and Industrial Light & Magic.[30]
A Midsummer Night's Dream TV
  • United Kingdom
2016

Much Ado About Nothing[edit]

Title M C Y Directors Starring Description
Much Ado About Nothing TV
  • United States
1973
A CBS Television presentation of Joseph Papp's New York Shakespeare Festival Production.
"Much Ado About Nothing"
(BBC Television Shakespeare)
TV
  • United Kingdom
1984
Released in the USA as part of the Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare series.
Much Ado About Nothing Film
  • United Kingdom
1993
"Much Ado About Nothing"
(ShakespeaRe-Told)
TV
  • United Kingdom
2005
A modern adaptation by David Nicholls.
Much Ado About Nothing Film
  • United States
2012

The Taming of the Shrew[edit]

Title M C Y Directors Starring Description
The Taming of the Shrew Silent
  • United States
1908
Daring Youth[31] Silent
  • United States
1924
The Taming of the Shrew Film
  • United States
1929
The first sound film adaptation of The Taming of the Shrew.
You Made Me Love You Film
  • United Kingdom
1933
Kiss Me, Kate Film
  • United States
1953
An adaptation of the Broadway musical of the same name, it tells the tale of musical theater actors, Fred Graham and Lilli Vanessi, who were once married and are now performing opposite each other in the roles of Petruchio and Katherine in a Broadway-bound musical version of the play. Already on poor terms, the pair begin an all-out emotional war mid-performance that threatens the production's success.
The Taming of the Shrew TV
  • Australia
1962
The play was performed live but included some filmed sequences shot in Centennial Park.[32][33]
Arivaali
(Tamil: அறிவாளி)
Film
  • India
1963
The Taming of the Shrew
(Italian: La Bisbetica domata)
Film
  • Italy
  • United States
1967
"A bawdy and boisterous production which reduces the play to the Katharina/Petruccio romance."[34]
The Taming of the Shrew TV
  • Australia
1973
The Taming of the Shrew TV
  • United States
1973
Videotaped broadcast of San Francisco ACT company presenting Shakespeare's classic take with a Commedia dell'Arte flair, as if it were a inn yard performance by a traveling company.
The Taming of the Scoundrel
(Italian: Il Bisbetico Domato)
Film
  • Italy
1980
"The Taming of the Shrew"
(BBC Television Shakespeare)
TV
  • United Kingdom
1980
Released in the USA as part of the Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare series.
Kiss Me, Petruchio TV
  • United States
1981
Documentary following actress Meryl Streep and actor Raul Julia as they prepare to perform and actually perform Shakespeare's comedy "The Taming of the Shrew" for the "Shakespeare in the Park" theater festival in Central Park, NY.
The Taming of the Shrew
(The Shakespeare Collection)
Video
  • United States
1983
"Atomic Shakespeare"
(Moonlighting)
TV
  • United States
1986
First aired on 25 November 1986, the episode 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.
Nanjundi Kalyana
(Kannada: ನಂಜುಂಡಿ ಕಲ್ಯಾಣ, lit. 'Nanjundi's marriage')
Film
  • India
1989
An adaptation based on Parvathavani's Kannada drama which was a translation of the play. The film was among the biggest grossing Kannada films of 1989, and was remade in Telugu as Mahajananiki Maradalu Pilla (1990).
Mahajananiki Maradalu Pilla
(Telugu: మహాజనానికి మరదలు పిల్ల, lit. 'A child of neglect')
Film
  • India
1990
A remake of the Kannada film Nanjundi Kalyana (1989).
"The Taming of the Shrew"
(Shakespeare: The Animated Tales)
TV
  • Russia
  • United Kingdom
1994
10 Things I Hate About You Film
  • United States
1999
A modernization of the play, retold in a late-1990s American high school setting. New student Cameron is smitten with Bianca and, in order to get around her father's strict rules on dating, attempts to get bad boy Patrick to date Bianca's ill-tempered sister, Kat.
The Carnation and the Rose
(Portuguese: O Cravo e a Rosa)
Telenovela
  • Brazil
2000–1
Deliver Us from Eva Film
  • United States
2003
"The Taming of The Shrew"
(ShakespeaRe-Told)
TV
  • United Kingdom
2005
A modern adaptation by Sally Wainwright.
Frivolous Wife
(Korean: 날나리 종부전)[35]
Film
  • South Korea
2008

Twelfth Night[edit]

Title M C Y Directors Starring Description
Twelfth Night Film
  • United States
1910
Twelfth Night Film
  • United States
1933
Notable as the very earliest surviving film directed by Orson Welles, then aged 17. It is a recording of the dress rehearsal of Welles's own abridged production at his alma mater, the Todd School for Boys, where he had returned to direct this adaptation for the Chicago Drama Festival in 1933.[36]
Twelfth Night
(Russian: Двенадцатая ночь)
Film
  • Soviet Union
1955
Twelfth Night[37] TV
  • Australia
1966
Twelfth Night TV
  • United Kingdom
1969
"Twelfth Night"
(BBC Television Shakespeare)
TV
  • United Kingdom
1980
Released in the US as part of the Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare series.
Twelfth Night[38] Film
  • Australia
1986
Twelfth Night TV
  • United Kingdom
1988
music by Patrick Doyle and Paul McCartney
"Twelfth Night"
(Shakespeare: The Animated Tales)
TV
  • Russia
  • United Kingdom
1992
Twelfth Night Film
  • United Kingdom
1996
Twelfth Night, or What You Will TV
  • United Kingdom
2003
She's the Man Film
  • United States
2006
Adapts the story to a high-school setting.

The Two Gentlemen of Verona[edit]

Title M C Y Directors Starring Description
A Spray of Plum Blossoms
(Chinese: 剪梅; pinyin: Yī jiǎn méi)
Silent film
  • China
1931
The film is noted for its attempted "Westernized stylings" including its surreal use of decor, women-soldiers with long hair, etc. The film also had English-subtitles, but as some scholars have noted, since few foreigners watched these films, the subtitles were more to give off an air of the West rather than to serve any real purpose.[39][40]
"The Two Gentlemen of Verona"
(BBC Television Shakespeare)
TV
  • United Kingdom
1983
Released in the USA as part of the Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare series.

Tragedies[edit]

Antony and Cleopatra[edit]

Title M C Y Directors Starring Description
Antony and Cleopatra Film
  • United States
1908
Antony and Cleopatra
(Italian: Marcantonio e Cleopatra)[41]
Silent film
  • Italy
1913
Antony and Cleopatra TV
  • Australia
1959
Antony and Cleopatra[42] Film
  • United Kingdom
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
1972
Antony and Cleopatra TV
  • United Kingdom
1974
An adaptation of Trevor Nunn's Royal Shakespeare Company production of the play.
"Antony & Cleopatra"
(BBC Television Shakespeare)
TV
  • United Kingdom
1981
Released in the USA as part of the Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare series.
Kannaki Film
  • India
2002

Coriolanus[edit]

Title M C Y Directors Starring Description
"The Tragedy of Coriolanus"
(BBC Television Shakespeare)
TV
  • United Kingdom
1984
Released in the USA as part of the Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare series.
Coriolanus Film
  • United Kingdom
2012

Hamlet[edit]

Title M C Y Directors Starring Description
Hamlet
(French: Le Duel d'Hamlet)
Film
  • France
1900
Believed to have been the earliest film adaptation of the play. The film is two minutes in length. It also was one of the first films to employ the newly discovered art of pre-recording the actors' voices, then playing the recording simultaneous to the playing of the film. So, while produced during the silent film era, the film is technically not a silent film.[43]
Hamlet Silent
  • France
1907
The first multi-scene cinematic adaptation of any work by Shakespeare.[44]
Hamlet Silent
  • France
1908
One of twelve renditions of the play produced during the silent film era.
Hamlet Silent
  • United Kingdom
1912
Hamlet Silent
  • United Kingdom
1913
Made by the Hepworth Company and based on the Drury Lane Theatre's 1913 staging of the work.
Hamlet
(Italian: Amleto)[45]
Silent
  • Italy
1917
Hamlet Silent
  • Germany
1921
Blood for Blood
(Urdu: Khoon Ka Khoon‎)
Film
  • India
1935
Cited as one of the earliest talkie versions of this play.[46] Credited as "the man who brought Shakespeare to the Indian screen",[47] it was Modi's debut feature film as a director.[47] The story and script were by Mehdi Hassan Ahsan from his Urdu adaptation of Hamlet. Khoon Ka Khoon was the debut in films of Naseem Banu.[48][better source needed] Khoon Ka Khoon was a "filmed version of a stage performance of the play".[49] The film has been cited by National Film Archive of India founder P K. Nair, as one of "most wanted" missing Indian cinema treasures.[50]
Hamlet Film
  • United Kingdom
1948
Olivier's second film as director, and also the second of the three Shakespeare films that he directed. Hamlet was the first British film to win the Academy Award for Best Picture.[51] It is also the first sound film of the play in English. Olivier's Hamlet is the Shakespeare film that has received the most prestigious accolades, winning the Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Actor and the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival.
I, Hamlet
(Italian: Io, Amleto)
Film
  • Italy
1952
Hamlet
(Urdu: हेमलेट‎)
Film
  • India
1954
Sahu was influenced by "classic European sources".[52] Though termed a "free adaptation" in the credit roll of the film, Sahu stayed true to the title, its setting, and the original names in the play, remaining as close as possible to Olivier's 1948 film.[53]
Hamlet TV
  • Australia
1959
The Bad Sleep Well
(Japanese: 悪い奴ほどよく眠る, translit. Warui yatsu hodo yoku nemuru)
Film
  • Japan
1960
Hamlet
(German: Hamlet, Prinz von Dänemark)
TV
  • West Germany
1961
Ophelia Film
  • France
1963
Hamlet
(Russian: Гамлет, tr. Gamlet)
Film
  • Soviet Union
1964
Based on a translation by Boris Pasternak, and with a score by Dmitri Shostakovich. Both Kozintsev and the film itself gained prominence among adaptations of the play, and Smoktunovsky is considered one of the great film Hamlets.
Hamlet Film
  • United States
1964
Hamlet at Elsinore TV
  • Denmark
  • United Kingdom
1964
Johnny Hamlet
(Italian: Quella sporca storia nel West, lit. 'That Dirty Story in the West')
Film
  • Italy
1968
A Spaghetti Western version.[54]
Hamlet Film
  • United Kingdom
1969
One Hamlet Less
(Italian: Un Amleto di meno)
Film
  • Italy
1973
Hamlet TV
  • Australia
1974
The Angel of Vengeance – The Female Hamlet
(Turkish: İntikam Meleği – Kadın Hamlet)
Film
  • Turkey
1977
"Hamlet, Prince of Denmark"
(BBC Television Shakespeare)
TV
  • United Kingdom
1980
Strange Brew Film
  • Canada
1983
Hamlet Goes Business
(Finnish: Hamlet liikemaailmassa)
Film
  • Finland
1987
Hamlet Film
  • United States
  • United Kingdom
  • France
1990
The movie received two Academy Awards nominations, for Best Art Direction and Best Costume Design (Dante Ferretti, Francesca Lo Schiavo).[55] Bates received a BAFTA nomination as Best Supporting Actor for playing Claudius.[56]
Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead Film
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
1990
Based on Stoppard's play of the same name, the film depicts two minor characters from Hamlet, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, who find themselves on the road to Elsinore Castle at the behest of the King of Denmark. They encounter a band of players before arriving to find that they are needed to try to discern what troubles the prince Hamlet. Meanwhile, they ponder the meaning of their existence. The movie won the Golden Lion at the 47th Venice International Film Festival.
"Hamlet"
(Shakespeare: The Animated Tales)
TV
  • Russia
  • United Kingdom
1992
Renaissance Man Film
  • United States
1994
The Lion King Film
  • United States
1994 An animated epic musical film, produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 32nd Disney animated feature film. The story takes place in a kingdom of lions in Africa.
In the Bleak Midwinter Film
  • United Kingdom
1995
Hamlet Film
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
1996
The film is notable as the first unabridged theatrical film version of the play, running just over four hours. The play's setting is updated to the 19th century, but its Elizabethan English remains the same. Hamlet was also the last major dramatic motion picture to be filmed entirely on 70 mm film until the release of The Master (2012). Hamlet was highly acclaimed by the majority of critics and has been regarded as one of the best Shakespeare film adaptations ever made.[57][58][59]
Let the Devil Wear Black Film
  • United States
1999
A modern-day version set in Los Angeles. All of the language is modern.[60]
Hamlet Film
  • United States
2000
In this version, Claudius becomes King and CEO of "Denmark Corporation", having taken over the firm by killing his brother, Hamlet's father. This adaptation keeps the Shakespearean dialogue but presents a modern setting, with technology such as video cameras, Polaroid cameras, and surveillance bugs. For example, the ghost of Hamlet's murdered father first appears on closed-circuit TV.
The Banquet
(Chinese: 夜宴; pinyin: Yè Yàn)
Film
  • China
2006
A loose adaption of Hamlet and Ibsen's Ghosts, set in the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms period in 10th century China.
Hamlet TV
  • United Kingdom
2009
An adaptation of the Royal Shakespeare Company's 2008 modern-dress stage production.
Tardid
(Persian: تردید‎, lit. 'Doubt'‎)
Film
  • Iran
2009
Hamlet Film
  • Canada
2011
A condensed retelling of the play set in 1940s England.
Karmayogi Film
  • India
2012
Haider Film
  • India
Battle For Denmark Web Series
  • United States
2017 Hailey Buck Hailey Buck (Horatio), John Scott Massey (Hamlet), Samantha Buck (Ophelia), Amber Bonasso (Gertrude), Floyd Harden (Claudius) Battle For Denmark is a web series based on Hamlet set in modern day mayoral campaign documented by Horatio.

Julius Caesar[edit]

Title M C Y Directors Starring Description
Julius Caesar Film
  • United States
1950
The first film version of the play with sound. It was produced using actors from the Chicago area. Heston, who had known Bradley since his youth, was the only paid cast member. Bradley recruited drama students from his alma mater Northwestern University for bit parts and extras, one of whom was future star Jeffrey Hunter, who studied alongside Heston at Northwestern. The 16 mm film was shot in 1949 on locations in the Chicago area, including Soldier Field, the Museum of Science and Industry, the Elks National Veterans Memorial, and the Field Museum. The Indiana sand dunes on Lake Michigan were used for the Battle of Philippi. One indoor set was built in the Chicago suburb of Evanston. To save money, about 80% of the film was shot silently, with the dialogue dubbed in later by the actors.
Julius Caesar Film
  • United States
1953
Brando's casting was met with some skepticism when it was announced, as he had acquired the nickname of "The Mumbler" following his performance in A Streetcar Named Desire (1951).[61] Mankiewicz even considered Paul Scofield for the role of Mark Antony if Brando's screen test was unsuccessful.[62] Brando asked John Gielgud for advice in declaiming Shakespeare, and adopted all of Gielgud's recommendations.[63] Brando's performance turned out so well that the New York Times stated in its review of the film: "Happily, Mr. Brando's diction, which has been guttural and slurred in previous films, is clear and precise in this instance. In him a major talent has emerged."[64] Brando was so dedicated in his performance during shooting that Gielgud offered to direct him in a stage production of Hamlet, a proposition that Brando seriously considered but ultimately turned down.[65]
Julius Caesar Film
  • United Kingdom
1970
The first film version of the play made in colour.[66]
"Julius Caesar"
(BBC Television Shakespeare)
TV
  • United Kingdom
1979
Released in the USA as part of the Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare series.
"Julius Caesar"
(Shakespeare: The Animated Tales)
TV
  • Russia
  • United Kingdom
1994
Cel animation
Julius Caesar TV
  • United Kingdom
2012
Royal Shakespeare Company stage production, filmed for BBC Television.

King Lear[edit]

Title M C Y Directors Starring Description
King Lear
(Italian: Re Lear)
Silent
  • Italy
1910
King Lear Silent
  • United States
1916
Gunasundari Katha
(Telugu: గుణసుందరి కథ)
Film
  • India
1949
King Lear TV
  • United States
1953
Originally presented live, now survives on kinescope.
King Lear[67][68] Film
  • United Kingdom
1971
King Lear
(Russian: Король Лир, translit. Korol Lir)
Film
  • Soviet Union
1971
The Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich composed the score.
"King Lear"
(Great Performances)
TV
  • United States
1974
Recording of a New York Shakespeare Festival production.
King Lear TV
  • United Kingdom
1974
"King Lear"
(BBC Television Shakespeare)
TV
  • United Kingdom
1982
Released in the US as part of the Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare series.
King Lear TV
  • United Kingdom
1983
Elliott set his Lear in an environment resembling Stonehenge, although the production was entirely shot in a studio. In keeping with the primitive backdrop, this production emphasizes the primitive over the sophisticated. Shakespeare's characters use the clothing, weapons, and technology of the early Bronze Age rather than the Elizabethan era. Olivier's Lear in this production garnered great acclaim, winning him an Emmy for the performance. It was the last of Olivier's appearances in a Shakespeare play. At 75, he was one of the oldest actors to take on this enormously demanding role. (He had previously played it in 1946 at the Old Vic, without much success.)
Ran
(Japanese: , lit. 'Chaos')
Film
  • Japan
  • France
1985
An adaptation of the story in a Japanese setting, Ran was Kurosawa's last epic, and has often been cited as amongst his finest achievements. With a budget of $11 million, it was the most expensive Japanese film ever produced up to that time.[69]
King Lear Film
  • United States
1987
Adapted as post-Chernobyl disaster science fiction. Rather than reproducing a performance of Shakespeare's play, the film is more concerned with the issues raised by the text, and symbolically explores the relationships between power and virtue, between fathers and daughters, words and images. The film deliberately does not use conventional Hollywood film-making techniques which make a film 'watchable', but instead seeks to alienate and baffle its audience in the manner of Berthold Brecht.[70]
Gypsy Lore
(Hungarian: Romani kris - Cigánytörvény)[71]
Film
  • Hungary
1997
A Thousand Acres Film
  • United States
1997
A modern retelling of the Lear story, from the perspective of the Goneril character (Ginny).
King Lear TV
  • United Kingdom
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.
King Lear Film
  • United Kingdom
1999
Apart from Peter Brook's King Lear in 1971, it is the only other feature length film adaptation to preserve Shakespeare's verse. Yvonne Griggs, in Shakespeare's King Lear: A close study of the relationship between text and film (2009), characterised it as "a very stilted costume drama".[72]
The Tragedy of King Lear Screenplay
  • United Kingdom
2000 An unfilmed screenplay written by Harold Pinter on a commission from Tim Roth.[73]
King of Texas TV
  • United States
2002
A Western adaptation of King Lear, the film takes the plot of the play and places it in the Republic of Texas during the 19th century.[74]
King Lear TV
  • United Kingdom
2008
It features the same cast and director as the 2007 RSC production, and started filming only a few days after the final performance at the New London Theatre, at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire.

Macbeth[edit]

Title M C Y Directors Starring Description
Macbeth Silent
  • United States
1908
The earliest known film version of that play. It was a black and white silent film with English intertitles. It is currently unknown if any print of the film still exists.[75]
Macbeth Silent
  • France
1909
A silent black-and-white film with French intertitles.
Macbeth Silent
  • Italy
1909 The second Macbeth film released that year (released on November 27), and is the third film version of the play. The running time is 16 minutes and it is a black-and-white film.
Macbeth Silent
  • United Kingdom
1911
Like all films of the time, it is silent with English intertitles, black-and-white, and ran for 14 minutes. No prints are known to exist.[76]
Macbeth Silent
  • Germany
1913
47-minute-long silent adaptation.[77] It is considered to be a lost film, but according to Carl Bennett in The Progressive Silent Film List, a print may exist at the George Eastman Museum's International Museum of Photography and Film.[78]
Macbeth Silent
  • France
1915
A silent black-and-white film with French intertitles.
Macbeth Silent
  • United States
1916
The film stars Herbert Beerbohm Tree and Constance Collier, both famous from the stage and for playing Shakespearean parts. Although released during the first decade of feature filmmaking, it was already the seventh version of Macbeth to be produced, one of eight of the silent film era. It is considered to be a lost film. The running time is 80 minutes.[79] In the companion book to his Hollywood television series, Kevin Brownlow states that Sir Herbert Tree failed to understand that the production was a silent film and that speech was not needed so much as pantomime. Tree, who had performed the play numerous times on the stage, kept spouting reams of dialogue. So Emerson and Fleming simply removed the film and cranked an empty camera so as not to waste film when he did so.[80][page needed]
The Real Thing at Last Silent
  • United Kingdom
1916
A satirical silent movie based on the play Macbeth. It was written in 1916 by Peter Pan creator and playwright J. M. Barrie as a parody of the American entertainment industry. The film was made by the newly created British Actors Film Company in response to news that American filmmaker D. W. Griffith intended to honor the 300th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death with the production of a film version. No copies of The Real Thing at Last are known to survive.[81] It parodies the sensationalism of the American entertainment of the day, contrasting it with more reserved British sensibilities. It loosely follows the plot of the play, but two versions of each depicted scene are shown:

In the British version, Lady Macbeth wiped a small amount of blood from her hands; in the American she had to wash away gallons of the stuff. In the British, the witches danced around a small cauldron; in the American the witches became dancing beauties cavorting around a huge cauldron. In the British, Macbeth and Macduff fought in a ditch; in the American Macbeth falls to his death from a skyscraper.[81]

Macbeth Silent
  • United Kingdom
1922
The last silent film version, and the eighth film adaptation of the play.
Macbeth Film
  • United States
1948
Macbeth Film
1950s A 1950s attempt by Laurence Olivier to film the play, cancelled before being produced.
Marmayogi
(Tamil: மர்மயோகி, lit. 'The Mysterious Sage', Hindi: एक था राजा, translit. Ek Tha Raja, lit. 'Once There Was A King')
Film
  • India
1951
A film adaptation of the novel Vengeance by Marie Corelli and Macbeth. The film was shot simultaneously in Tamil and Hindi.
"Macbeth"
(Hallmark Hall of Fame)
TV
  • United States
1954
A live television adaptation telecast in color, but has only been preserved on black-and-white kinescope.[82][83]
Joe MacBeth Film
  • United Kingdom
1955
A modern retelling set in a 1930s American criminal underworld. The film's plot closely follows the original.[84]
Throne of Blood
(Japanese: 蜘蛛巣城, translit. Kumonosu-jō, lit. 'Spider Web Castle')
Film
  • Japan
1957
The film transposes the plot from Medieval Scotland to feudal Japan, with stylistic elements drawn from Noh drama. As with the play, the film tells the story of a warrior who assassinates his sovereign at the urging of his ambitious wife. Despite the change in setting and language and numerous creative liberties, in the West Throne of Blood is often considered one of the best film adaptations of the play.
Macbeth TV
  • United States
1960
A filmed-on-location adaptation with the same two stars and director as the 1954 production. Shown on TV in the US and in theatres in Europe.[85]
Macbeth TV
  • Australia
1960
The Sydney Morning Herald wrote that the production as "visually efficient" but also "a dreadful warning of what can happen when a producer becomes frightened of a great text... a torrent of gabble and shouting. Some of the most concise dramatic poetry in all Shakespeare received treatment worthy of the race results."[86]
Macbeth TV
  • Canada
1961
Macbeth TV
  • Australia
1965
"Macbeth"
(Play of the Month)
TV
  • United Kingdom
1970
Macbeth[87] Film
  • United States
  • United Kingdom
1971
Macbeth TV
  • United Kingdom
1978
Videotaped version of Nunn's Royal Shakespeare Company production produced by Thames Television. The original stage production was performed at The Other Place, the RSC's small studio theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon. It had been performed in the round before small audiences, with a bare stage and simple costuming. The recording preserves this style: the actors perform on a circular set and with a mostly black background; changes of setting are indicated only by lighting changes.
Macbeth
(The Shakespeare Collection)
Video
  • United States
1981
Macbeth TV
  • Hungary
1982
The film is composed of only two shots: The first shot (before the main title) is five minutes long, the second 57 minutes long.[88]
"Macbeth"
(BBC Television Shakespeare)
TV
  • United Kingdom
1983
Macbeth Film
  • France
1987
A film adaptation of Verdi's opera Macbeth (libretto by Francesco Maria Piave based on Shakespeare's play) It was screened out of competition at the 1987 Cannes Film Festival.[89]
Men of Respect Film
  • United States
1990
"Macbeth"
(Shakespeare: The Animated Tales)
TV
  • Russia
  • United Kingdom
1992
Macbeth TV
  • United Kingdom
1997
Macbeth on the Estate TV
  • United Kingdom
1997
Modern-setting version in a world of drugs and drug kingpins.
Macbeth TV
  • United Kingdom
1998
Makibefo Film
  • Madagascar
1999
The director filmed the movie near the town of Faux Cap, Madagascar, with a single technical assistant. With the exception of an English-speaking narrator, all the roles are played by indigenous Antandroy people (few of whom had ever seen a movie before) who performed a largely improvised story based on Macbeth set in a remote fishing village.[90]
Macbeth TV
  • United Kingdom
2001
Royal Shakespeare Company
Rave Macbeth Film
  • Germany
2001
A loose adaptation set in rave culture.
Scotland, PA Film
  • United States
2001
Maqbool
(Hindi: मक़बूल Urdu: مقبُول‎)
Film
  • India
2003
"Macbeth"
(ShakespeaRe-Told)
TV
  • United Kingdom
2005
Set in a three Michelin star restaurant owned by celebrity chef Duncan Docherty, with Joe Macbeth as the sous chef and his wife Ella as the Maître d'. Joe and his fellow chef Billy Banquo are annoyed that Duncan takes the credit for Joe's work, and that Duncan's son Malcolm has no real flair for the business. Then they encounter three supernatural binmen who predict that Macbeth will get ownership of the restaurant, as will Billy's children. Joe and Ella are inspired to kill Duncan, but the binmen subsequently warn that Macbeth should be wary of Peter Macduff, the head waiter.
Macbeth Film
  • Australia
2006
Sets the story in a modern-day Melbourne gangster setting, and the actors deliver the dialogue in Australian accents, largely maintains the language of the original play.[91]
Macbeth TV
  • United Kingdom
2010
Based Goold's stage adaptation for the Chichester Festival Theatre in 2007. The film specifically evokes the atmosphere of the Soviet Union under Joseph Stalin, with subtle parallels between Stalin and Macbeth in their equally brutal quests for power. The three witches likewise receive an update in keeping with the 20th century aesthetics, appearing as hospital nurses. Their presence is pervasive throughout the film, punctuating the horror of Macbeth's murderous reign. The film was filmed entirely on location at Welbeck Abbey.
Shakespeare Must Die
(Thai: เชคสเปียร์ต้องตาย)
Film
  • Thailand
2012
Thai-language film that tells the story of a theatre group in a fictional country resembling Thailand, that is staging a production of Macbeth. One of the film's main characters is a dictator named Dear Leader, who bears a resemblance to former Thai leader Thaksin Shinawatra, who was ousted in a 2006 coup which sparked years of political turmoil between his supporters and critics. The Thai government banned the film fearing it would cause societal disunity.[92][93][94]
Macbeth Film
  • United Kingdom
  • France
  • United States
2015
Veeram
(Malayalam: വീരം, lit. 'Valour')
Film
  • India
2016
The film, which also takes inspirations from the Vadakkan Pattukal (Northern Ballads) of the North Malabar region in Kerala, tells the story of Chandu Chekavar, an infamous warrior in the 13th century. Veeram is simultaneously made in Malayalam, Hindi, and in English with the same title.

Othello[edit]

Title M C Y Directors Starring Description
Otello Silent
  • Italy
1906 A silent film adaptation based on Giuseppe Verdi's 1887 opera of the same name (which in turn is based on Othello). It is believed to be the earliest film adaptation of the play.
Othello Silent
  • Germany
1922
The first of six major film productions of the work.[95]
Othello Film
  • United Kingdom
1946
A Double Life Film
  • United States
1947
A film noir adaptation in which an actor playing the moor takes on frightening aspects of his character's personality. Celebrated stage actor Anthony John has driven away his actress wife Brita with his erratic temper. However, they star together in a staging of Othello. Gradually, his portrayal of a jealous murderer undermines his sanity, and he kills his mistress, Pat Kroll. Colman won the Academy Award as best actor for his performance in this film.
Othello Film
  • Morocco
  • Italy
1951
Welles trimmed the source material, which is generally around three hours when performed, down to a little over 90 minutes for the film.[96] One of Welles's more complicated shoots, Othello was filmed erratically over three years. Shooting began in 1949, but was forced to shut down when the film's original Italian producer announced on one of the first days of shooting that he was bankrupt. Instead of abandoning filming altogether, Welles as director began pouring his own money into the project. When he ran out of money as well, he needed to stop filming for months at a time to raise money, mostly by taking part in other productions.[97][98]
Othello
(Russian: Отелло)
Film
  • Soviet Union
1955
Jubal Film
  • United States
1956
A Western based on a 1939 novel by Paul Wellman, it was filmed in Technicolor and CinemaScope on location in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The film is notable as a western reworking of Othello.[99]
All Night Long Film
  • United Kingdom
1962
An adaptation set in the contemporary London jazz scene.
Othello Film
  • United Kingdom
1965
A film of the Royal National Theatre's stage production. Olivier, Smith, Redman, and Finlay all received Academy Award nominations, and it was the film debuts for both Derek Jacobi and Michael Gambon.
Othello TV
  • Australia
1965
An Australian TV play, it was broadcast on the ABC as part of Wednesday Theatre and filmed in the ABC's Melbourne studios.[100]
Catch My Soul Film
  • United States
1974
Adapted from the rock musical based on the play.
"Othello"
(BBC Television Shakespeare)
TV
  • United Kingdom
1981
Released in the USA as part of the Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare series.
Othello TV
  • United Kingdom
1990
Based on a stage production directed by Trevor Nunn for the Royal Shakespeare Company, and later adapted for TV.[101] It was shot in a studio with minimal props and scenery, and aired as en episode of Theatre Night.[102] The sets, costumes, and props are from the American Civil War, but the dialogue remains tied to Venice and Cyprus. In contrast with Antony and Cleopatra (1974) and Macbeth (1979), Nunn preferred "contemplative"[102] medium shots over extreme closeups. The film makes little attempt to hide that it is a filmed stage production, and Michael Brooke, writing about the film for BFI Screenonline, thinks this is because Nunn's state purpose was to preserve the stage production for posterity. The film presents almost the complete text of the play, leaving out just one scene with Cassio and the clown.[102]
"Othello"
(Shakespeare: The Animated Tales)
TV
  • Russia
  • United Kingdom
1994
Othello Film
  • United States
1995
The first cinematic reproduction of the play released by a major studio that casts an African American actor to play the role of Othello, although low-budget independent films of the play starring Ted Lange and Yaphet Kotto predated it.
Kaliyattam
(Malayalam: കളിയാട്ടം, lit. 'The Play of God')
Film
  • India
1997
An adaptation of the play against the backdrop of the Hindu Theyyam performance.[103] Gopi received the National Film Award for Best Actor, and Jayaraaj the award for Best Director for their work on the film.[104]
O Film
  • United States
2001
A loose adaptation set in an American high school.
Othello TV
  • United Kingdom
2001
An adaptation by Andrew Davies set in the police force in modern London.
Souli Film
  • France
  • Madagascar
  • United Kingdom
2004 A post-colonial take on the play, set in a remote fishing village.[105]
Omkara
(Hindi: ओमकारा, Urdu: امکارا‎)
Film
  • India
2006
Jarum Halus
(Malay: Jarum Halus, lit. 'Fine Needle')
Film
  • Malaysia
2008
Iago Film
  • Italy
2009
Iago is an architecture school student about to graduate who falls in love with his fellow student Desdemona, the noble and beautiful daughter of the academic dean, professor Brabanzio.
Hrid Majharey
(Bengali: হৃদ্‌ মাঝারে, lit. 'Live in my Heart')
Film
  • India
2014
A tragic love story loosely inspired by Othello, the film is a tribute to the Bard on his 450th Birth Anniversary. Elements of Shakespeare's Macbeth and Julius Caesar are also found in this love tragedy.

Romeo and Juliet[edit]

Title M C Y Directors Starring Description
Romeo and Juliet
(French: Roméo et Juliette)
Film
  • France
1900
Features Cossira singing a tenor aria from Charles Gounod's Roméo et Juliette. It is believed to be the earliest film adaptation of Romeo and Juliet.[106] The film was produced by "Phono-Cinéma-Théâtre", which premiered one of the first synchronized sound film systems at the Paris exhibition of 1900, with this film being one of the earliest to use the sound technique. The sound was recorded first using a Lioretograph onto a cellophane cylinder. This was then played back, and the actors filmed lip-syncing to the recording. To view the film, the sound was played back and the projectionist altered the speed of the hand-cranked projector to try to match the playback.[107]
Romeo and Juliet Silent
  • United States
1908
Now considered lost, this was the first American film version of Romeo and Juliet. It was a short made by Vitagraph Studios, and was filmed at Bethesda Terrace in Manhattan, New York.
Romeo and Juliet Silent
  • United States
1916
This film was produced for the 300th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, and was released amongst many other commemorations of the "Bard". It was released in direct competition with another film, Romeo and Juliet produced by William Fox, starring Theda Bara, and released three days later. Bushman later claimed, in an interview, that he went to see the Theda Bara version and was shocked to see that Fox had added some intertitles from the Metro version.[108]
Romeo and Juliet Silent
  • United States
1916
The film was produced by the Fox Film Corporation,[109] and was shot at the Fox Studio in Fort Lee, New Jersey.[110] It was released in direct competition with another feature-length Romeo and Juliet film from Metro Pictures. In a recorded interview, Francis Bushman, who directed the competing film, claimed that William Fox had spies working for Metro, and stole some of the intertitles from the Metro version. Fox rushed his version into the theatres in order to capitalize on exhibiting his film first. Bushman recalled going to see Fox's Romeo and Juliet and was startled to see the intertitles from his film flash on the screen.[111]
Romeo and Juliet Film
  • United States
1936
One of the three major film adaptations (along with Franco Zeffirelli in 1968 and Baz Luhrmann in 1996) of Romeo and Juliet. The New York Times selected the film as one of the "Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made", calling it "a lavish production" and "extremely well-produced and acted."[112]
Romeo and Juliet
(Spanish: Julieta y Romeo)
Film
  • Spain
1940
The Lovers of Verona
(French: Les amants de Vérone)
Film
  • France
1949
Romeo and Juliet
(Spanish: Romeo y Julita)
Film
  • Argentina
1953
Romeo and Juliet[113] Film
  • United Kingdom
  • Italy
1954
Romeo and Juliet
(Russian: Ромео и Джульетта, translit. Romeo i Dzhulyetta)
Film
  • Soviet Union
1955
Romeo, Juliet and Darkness
(Czech: Romeo, Julie a tma)
Film
  • Czechoslovakia
1960
West Side Story Film
  • United States
1961
An adaptation of the 1957 Broadway musical, which in turn was inspired by Romeo and Juliet. The film received high praise from critics and the public, and became the second highest grossing film of the year in the United States. The film was nominated for 11 Academy Awards and won 10, including Best Picture (as well as a special award for Robbins), becoming the record holder for the most wins for a movie musical.
Romanoff and Juliet Film
  • United States
1961
An adaptation by way of Ustinov's play that sets the love story amids the ideologically warring communist USSR and the capitalist USA, competing for influence in a fictional European country..
Fury of Johnny Kid
(Italian: Dove si spara di più, Spanish: La furia de Johnny Kidd)
Film
  • Italy
  • Spain
1967
Romeo and Juliet[114] Film
  • United Kingdom
  • Italy
1968
Ma che musica maestro
(Italian: Ma che musica maestro)
Film
  • Italy
1971
"Romeo and Juliet"
(BBC Television Shakespeare)
TV
  • United Kingdom
1978
Another History
(Telugu: మరో చరిత్ర, translit. Maro Charitra)
Film
  • India
1978
Romie-0 and Julie-8 TV
  • Canada
1979
Set in the future, the two romantic leads in this version are androids who fall in love.
Monica and Jimmy Five: In the World of Romeo & Juliet
(Portuguese: Mônica e Cebolinha: No Mundo de Romeu e Julieta)
TV
  • Brazil
1979
Made For Each Other
(Hindi: एक दूजे के लिये, translit. Ek Duuje Ke Liye)
Film
  • India
1981
The Sea Prince and the Fire Child
(Japanese: シリウスの伝説, translit. Shiriusu no Densetsu)
Film
  • Japan
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
1981
The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet Film
  • United States
1982
China Girl Film
  • United States
1987
A contemporary take on Romeo and Juliet set in 1980s Manhattan. The plot revolves around the intimate relationship developing between Tony, a teenage boy from Little Italy, and Tye, a teenage girl from Chinatown, while their older brothers are engaged in a heated gang war against each other.
From Doom to Doom
(Hindi: क़यामत से क़यामत तक, translit. Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak)
Film
  • India
1988
Romeo.Juliet Film
  • United States
1990
Adapted using the feral cats of Venice, New York City, and Ghent as actors, with the voices dubbed by some of the greats of the English theatre. The score of the film features music from Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet as performed by the London Symphony Orchestra, André Previn conducting, and an original theme composed by Armando Acosta and Emanuel Vardi, performed by the London Symphony Orchestra and conducted by Barry Wordsworth.
"Romeo and Juliet"
(Shakespeare: The Animated Tales)
TV
  • Russia
  • United Kingdom
1992
November 30
(Swedish: 30:e november)
Film
  • Sweden
1995
Romeo + Juliet Film
  • United States
1996
Tromeo and Juliet Film
  • United States
1996
A more or less a faithful adaptation of the play except with the addition of extreme amounts of Troma-esque sexuality and violence, as well as a revised ending.
Love Is All There Is Film
  • United States
1996
A modern retelling of the story set in the Bronx during the 1990s.
Romeo Must Die Film
  • United States
2000
Loving Hurts You
(Spanish: Amar te duele)
Film
  • Mexico
2002
Bollywood Queen Film
  • United Kingdom
2003
Romeo and Juliet Get Married
(Portuguese: O Casamento de Romeu e Julieta)
Film
  • Brazil
2005
Romeo and Juliet
(French: Roméo et Juliette)
Film
  • Canada
2006
Romeo & Juliet: Sealed with a Kiss Animation
  • United States
2006
An animated adaptation featuring seals and other marine life.
Rome & Jewel Film
  • United States
2006
A hip-hop musical adaptation set in Los Angeles that deals with interracial love.
Romeo × Juliet
(Japanese: ロミオ×ジュリエット, translit. Romio to Jurietto)
Anime
  • Japan
2007
Romeo and Juliet
(Japanese: ロミオとジュリエット)
TV
  • Japan
2007
Romeo and Juliet
(Spanish: Romeo y Julieta)
TV
  • Argentina
2007
David & Fatima Film
  • United States
2008
  • Alain Zaloum
Another History
(Telugu: మరో చరిత్ర, translit. Maro Charitra)
Film
  • India
2010
Gnomeo & Juliet Animated film
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
2011
Private Romeo Film
  • United States
2011
Romeo & Juliet Film
  • United Kingdom
  • Italy
  • United States
2013
Issaq
(Hindi: इसक)
Film
  • India
2013
Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela
(Hindi: गोलियों की रासलीला रामलीला, lit. 'A Play of Bullets Ram-Leela')
Film
  • India
2013
Arshinagar
(Bengali: আরশিনগর)
Film
  • India
2015

Timon of Athens[edit]

Title M C Y Directors Starring Description
Timon Film
  • Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
1973
"Timon of Athens"
(BBC Television Shakespeare)
TV
  • United Kingdom
1981
Released in the US as part of the Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare series.

Titus Andronicus[edit]

Title M C Y Directors Starring Description
"Titus Andronicus"
(BBC Television Shakespeare)
TV
  • United Kingdom
1985
Released in the US as part of the Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare series.
Titus Film
  • Italy
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
1999

Troilus and Cressida[edit]

Title M C Y Directors Starring Description
The Face of Love TV
  • United Kingdom
1954
A modern-language and modern-dress adaptation of the play.[115]
"Troilus & Cressida"
(BBC Television Shakespeare)
TV
  • United Kingdom
1981 Released in the US as part of the Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare series.

Histories[edit]

Henry IV, Part 1[edit]

Title M C Y Directors Starring Description
"Henry IV: Rebellion from the North"
(An Age of Kings)
TV
  • United Kingdom
1960
Covers 1 Henry IV Acts 1 and 2 (up to Prince Hal expressing his disdain for the war).
"Henry IV: The Road to Shrewsbury"
(An Age of Kings)
TV
  • United Kingdom
1960
Covers 1 Henry IV from Act 3, Scene 1 onwards (beginning with the strategy meeting between Hotspur, Mortimer and Glendower).
Chimes at Midnight Film
  • Switzerland
  • Spain
1966
An amalgamation of scenes from Richard II, Henry IV part 1, Henry IV Part 2, Henry V and The Merry Wives of Windsor.
"The First Part of King Henry the Fourth, with the life and death of Henry surnamed Hotspur"
(BBC Television Shakespeare)
TV
  • United Kingdom
1979
Released in the USA as part of the Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare series.
"Henry IV Part 1"
(The War of the Roses)
Direct-to-video
  • United Kingdom
1990
A direct filming of the stage performance of Michael Bogdanov and Michael Pennington's 7-play sequence for the English Shakespeare Company based on Shakespeare's history plays.
My Own Private Idaho Film
  • United States
1991
Loosely based on Henry IV, Part 1, with elements from the other plays.
"Henry IV, Part 1"
(The Hollow Crown)
TV
  • United Kingdom
2012

Henry IV, Part 2[edit]

Title M C Y Directors Starring Description
"Henry IV: The New Conspiracy"
(An Age of Kings)
TV
  • United Kingdom
1960
"Henry IV: Uneasy Lies the Head"
(An Age of Kings)
TV
  • United Kingdom
1960
Chimes at Midnight Film
  • Switzerland
  • Spain
1966
An amalgamation of scenes from Richard II, Henry IV part 1, Henry IV part 2, Henry V and The Merry Wives of Windsor.
"The Second Part of King Henry the Fourth containing his Death: and the Coronation of King Henry the Fift"
(BBC Television Shakespeare)
TV
  • United Kingdom
1979
Released in the USA as part of the Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare series.
"Henry IV Part 2"
(The War of the Roses)
Direct-to-video
  • United Kingdom
1990
A direct filming of the stage performance of Michael Bogdanov and Michael Pennington's 7-play sequence for the English Shakespeare Company based on Shakespeare's history plays.
"Henry IV, Part 2"
(The Hollow Crown)
TV
  • United Kingdom
2012

Henry V[edit]

Title M C Y Directors Starring Description
Henry V Film
  • United Kingdom
1944
"Henry V: Signs of War"
(An Age of Kings)
TV
  • United Kingdom
1960
Henry V Acts 1, 2 and 3 (up to the French yearning for what they feel will be an easy victory at Agincourt).
"Henry V: The Band of Brothers"
(An Age of Kings)
TV
  • United Kingdom
1960
Henry V from Act 4, Scene 0 onwards (beginning with the Chorus describing Henry's undercover surveillance of his camp).
Chimes at Midnight Film
  • Switzerland
  • Spain
1966
An amalgamation of scenes from Richard II, Henry IV part 1, Henry IV part 2, Henry V and The Merry Wives of Windsor.
"The Life of Henry the Fift"
(BBC Television Shakespeare)
TV
  • United Kingdom
1979
Released in the USA as part of the Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare series.
Henry V Film
  • United Kingdom
1989
"Henry V"
(The War of the Roses)
Video
  • United Kingdom
1990
A direct filming of the stage performance of Michael Bogdanov and Michael Pennington's 7-play sequence for the English Shakespeare Company based on Shakespeare's history plays.
"Henry V"
(The Hollow Crown)
TV
  • United Kingdom
2012

Henry VI, Part 1[edit]

Title M C Y Directors Starring Description
"Henry VI: The Red Rose and the White"
(An Age of Kings)
TV
  • United Kingdom
1960
"Henry VI"
(The Wars of the Roses)
TV
  • United Kingdom
1965
Abridged versions of 1 Henry VI and 2 Henry VI up to Act 3, Scene 2 (Winchester's death).
"The First Part of Henry the Sixt"
(BBC Television Shakespeare)
TV
  • United Kingdom
1983
Released in the USA as part of the Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare series.
"Henry VI – House of Lancaster"
(The War of the Roses)
Video
  • United Kingdom
1990
A direct filming of the stage performance of Michael Bogdanov and Michael Pennington's 7-play sequence for the English Shakespeare Company based on Shakespeare's history plays. This play is formed from Henry VI Part 1 and from the earlier scenes of Henry VI Part 2.
"Henry VI, Part I"
(The Hollow Crown)
TV
  • United Kingdom
2016

Henry VI, Part 2[edit]

Title M C Y Directors Starring Description
"Henry VI: The Fall of a Protector"
(An Age of Kings)
TV
  • United Kingdom
1960
2 Henry VI Acts 1, 2 and Act 3, Scene 1 (up to York's soliloquy regarding the fact that he now has troops at his disposal and his revelation of his plans to use Jack Cade to instigate a popular rebellion).
"Henry VI: The Rabble from Kent"
(An Age of Kings)
TV
  • United Kingdom
1960
2 Henry VI from Act 3, Scene 2 onwards (beginning with the murder of the Duke of Gloucester).
"Henry VI"
(The Wars of the Roses)
TV
  • United Kingdom
1965
Abridged versions of 1 Henry VI and 2 Henry VI up to Act 3, Scene 2 (Winchester's death).
"Edward IV"
(The Wars of the Roses)
TV
  • United Kingdom
1965
A newly written scene followed by 2 Henry VI from Act 4, Scene 1 (the introduction of Jack Cade) onwards, and an abridged version of 3 Henry VI.
"The Second Part of Henry the Sixt"
(BBC Television Shakespeare)
TV
  • United Kingdom
1983
Released in the USA as part of the Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare series.
"Henry VI: House of Lancaster"
(The War of the Roses)
Video
  • United Kingdom
1990
A direct filming of the stage performance of Michael Bogdanov and Michael Pennington's 7-play sequence for the English Shakespeare Company based on Shakespeare's history plays. This play is formed from Henry VI Part 1 and the early scenes of Henry VI Part 2.
"Henry VI: House of York"
(The War of the Roses)
Video
  • United Kingdom
1990
A direct filming of the stage performance of Michael Bogdanov and Michael Pennington's 7-play sequence for the English Shakespeare Company based on Shakespeare's history plays. This play is formed from the remaining scenes of Henry VI Part 2 and Henry VI Part 3
"Henry VI, Part II"
(The Hollow Crown)
TV
  • United Kingdom
2016
Made up of scenes from Henry VI, Part 2 and an abridged version of Henry VI, Part 3.

Henry VI, Part 3[edit]

Title M C Y Directors Starring Description
"Henry VI: The Morning's War"
(An Age of Kings)
TV
  • United Kingdom
1960
Henry VI, Part 3 Acts 1, 2 and Act 3, Scenes 1 and 2 (up to Richard's soliloquy wherein he vows to attain the crown).
"Henry VI: The Sun in Splendour"
(An Age of Kings)
TV
  • United Kingdom
1960
Henry VI, Part 3 from Act 3, Scene 3 onwards (beginning with Margaret's visit to Louis XI of France).
"Edward IV"
(The Wars of the Roses)
TV
  • United Kingdom
1965
A newly written scene followed by 2 Henry VI from Act 4, Scene 1 (the introduction of Jack Cade) onwards, and an abridged version of 3 Henry VI.
"The Third Part of Henry the Sixt"
(BBC Television Shakespeare)
TV
  • United Kingdom
1983
Released in the USA as part of the Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare series.
"Henry VI: House of York"
(The War of the Roses)
Video
  • United Kingdom
1990
A direct filming of the stage performance of Michael Bogdanov and Michael Pennington's 7-play sequence for the English Shakespeare Company based on Shakespeare's history plays. This play is formed from the later scenes of Shakespeare's Henry VI Part 2 and from Shakespeare's Henry VI Part 3.
"Henry VI, Part II"
(The Hollow Crown)
TV
  • United Kingdom
2016
Made up of scenes from Henry VI, Part 2 and an abridged version of Henry VI, Part 3.

Henry VIII[edit]

Title M C Y Directors Starring Description
Henry VIII Silent film
  • United Kingdom
1911
"The Famous History of the Life of King Henry the Eight"
(BBC Television Shakespeare)
TV
  • United Kingdom
1979
Released in the USA as part of the Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare series.

King John[edit]

Title M C Y Directors Starring Description
King John Silent film
  • United Kingdom
1899
The earliest known film based on a play by William Shakespeare. It consists of four scenes and is based on Herbert Beerbohm Tree's contemporary stage production, and was made to promote the stage version.[116][117]
Said-e-Havas
(Hindi: सैदे-हवस, lit. 'Prey to Desire')
Film
  • India
1936 Produced by Modi's Stage Film Company, the film was a "stage recording" of the play, similar to Modi's first stage adaptation to screen of Khoon Ka Khoon.[118][119] It was written by Agha Hashr, based on an adaptation of King John and Richard III.[120][121] The film incorporates scenes and acts from King John, mainly Act 2 Scene 5, and made use of Richard III as general reference. Modi played the role of the "ethnically black" Kazal Beg (Hubert).[122] Hashr had written the play in 1907 and according to Rajiva Verma there is very little similarity between King John and Hashr's adaptation, except for those mentioned earlier.[123]
"The Life and Death of King John"
(BBC Television Shakespeare)
TV
  • United Kingdom
1984
Released in the USA as part of the Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare series.
"King John"
(CBC Presents the Stratford Festival)
Video
  • Canada
2015
Filmed version of the Stratford Festival's 2014 stage production.

Richard II[edit]

Title M C Y Directors Starring Description
"Richard II: The Hollow Crown"
(An Age of Kings)
TV
  • United Kingdom
1960
Richard II Acts 1, 2 and 3, Scenes 1 and 2 (up to Richard conceding defeat despite the protests of Carlisle, Scroop and Aumerle).
"Richard II: The Deposing of a King"
(An Age of Kings)
TV
  • United Kingdom
1960
Richard II from Act 3, Scene 3 onwards (beginning with York chiding Northumberland for not referring to Richard as "King").
The Life and Death of King Richard II TV
  • Australia
1960
A live TV production that aired on 5 October 1960 and was one of the most elaborate productions made for Australian TV at that time.[124] The ABC decided to suspend peak-hour programs to transmit the show live using all three of the ABC's Gore Hill TV studios. An obituary of Menmuir called this "a concept of such complexity and audacity that it was never repeated."[125]
Chimes at Midnight Film
  • Switzerland
  • Spain
1966
An amalgamation of scenes from Richard II, Henry IV, Part 1, Henry IV, Part 2, Henry V and The Merry Wives of Windsor.
"King Richard the Second"
(BBC Television Shakespeare)
TV
  • United Kingdom
1978
Released in the USA as part of the Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare series.
Richard II
(The War of the Roses)
Video
  • United Kingdom
1990
A direct filming of the stage performance of Michael Bogdanov and Michael Pennington's 7-play sequence for the English Shakespeare Company based on Shakespeare's history plays.
Richard II TV
  • United Kingdom
1997
Richard the Second Video
  • United States
2001
Richard II
(The Hollow Crown)
TV
  • United Kingdom
2012

Richard III[edit]

Title M C Y Directors Starring Description
Richard III Film
  • United States
  • France
1912
The oldest surviving American feature-length film, and is also thought to be the first feature-length Shakespearean adaptation ever made.
Richard III Film
  • United Kingdom
1955
"Richard III: The Dangerous Brother"
(An Age of Kings)
TV
  • United Kingdom
1960
Richard III Acts 1, 2 and Act 3, Scene 1 (up to Richard promising Buckingham the Dukedom of Hereford).
"Richard III: The Boar Hunt"
(An Age of Kings)
TV
  • United Kingdom
1960
Richard III from Act 3, Scene 1 onwards (beginning with Stanley's messenger arriving at Hasting's house).
Richard III
(The Wars of the Roses)
TV
  • United Kingdom
1965
An abridged version of Richard III.
The Goodbye Girl Film
  • United States
1977
Contains scenes in which the Richard Dreyfuss character rehearses and performs Shakespeare's play.
"The Tragedy of Richard III"
(BBC Television Shakespeare)
TV
  • United Kingdom
1983
Released in the USA as part of the Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare series.
The Black Adder TV
  • United Kingdom
1983
The first series, written by Richard Curtis and Rowan Atkinson, is a parody of Shakespeare's plays, particularly Macbeth, Richard III and Henry V.
Richard III
(The War of the Roses)
Video
  • United Kingdom
1990
A direct filming of the stage performance of Michael Bogdanov and Michael Pennington's 7-play sequence for the English Shakespeare Company based on Shakespeare's history plays.
"King Richard III"
(Shakespeare: The Animated Tales)
TV
  • Russia
  • United Kingdom
1994
Paint-on-glass animation
Richard III Film
  • United Kingdom
1995
Looking for Richard Film
  • United States
1996
A documentary account of Al Pacino's quest to perform Shakespeare's play, featuring substantial excerpts from the play. It includes the talents of Winona Ryder, Alec Baldwin and Kevin Spacey.
Richard III Film
  • United States
2008
"Richard III"
(The Hollow Crown)
TV
  • United Kingdom
2016

Romances[edit]

Pericles[edit]

Title M C Y Directors Starring Description
"Pericles, Prince of Tyre"
(BBC Television Shakespeare)
TV
  • United Kingdom
1984
Released in the USA as part of the Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare series.

Cymbeline[edit]

Title M C Y Directors Starring Description
Cymbeline Silent
  • United States
1913
"Cymbeline"
(BBC Television Shakespeare)
TV
  • United Kingdom
1982
Released in the USA as part of the Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare series.
Cymbeline Film
  • United States
2014

The Winter's Tale[edit]

Title M C Y Directors Starring Description
The Winter's Tale Silent
  • United States
1910
  • (unknown)
"The Winter's Tale"
(BBC Television Shakespeare)
TV
  • United Kingdom
1981
Released in the USA as part of the Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare series.
"The Winter's Tale"
(Shakespeare: The Animated Tales)
TV
  • Russia
  • United Kingdom
1994
Stop motion puppet animation
The Winter's Tale Video
  • United Kingdom
1999
A straight-to-video filming of the 1999 RSC Barbican production.

The Tempest[edit]

Title M C Y Directors Starring Description
The Tempest Silent
  • United States
1911
Yellow Sky Film
  • United States
1948
A western film where a band of reprobate outlaws flee after a bank robbery and encounter an old man and his granddaughter in a ghost town. The story is believed to be loosely adapted from The Tempest.[126]
Forbidden Planet Film
  • United States
1956
"The Tempest"
(Hallmark Hall of Fame)
TV
  • United States
1960
The Tempest Film
  • United Kingdom
1979
"The Tempest"
(BBC Television Shakespeare)
TV
  • United Kingdom
1980
Released in the USA as part of the Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare series.
Tempest Film
  • United States
1982
The Tempest
(The Shakespeare Collection)
TV
  • United States
1983
The Journey to Melonia
(Swedish: Resan till Melonia)
Film
  • Sweden
  • Norway
1989
Prospero's Books Film
  • United Kingdom
1991
A partial adaptation.[127]
"The Tempest"
(Shakespeare: The Animated Tales)
TV
  • Russia
  • United Kingdom
1992
Stop motion puppet animation
The Tempest TV
  • United States
1998
The Tempest Film
  • United States
2010
The gender of main character Prospero was changed to Prospera so Mirren could take the role.[128]
The Tempest Video
  • Canada
2010
A filmed Stratford Shakespeare Festival production.

Other[edit]

Shakespeare as a character[edit]

Title M C Y Directors Starring Description
Shakespeare Writing Julius Caesar Silent
1907 The probable first appearance of Shakespeare as a character.[129]
"The Executioners"
(Doctor Who - "The Chase")
TV
  • United Kingdom
1965
  • Richard Martin
An episode of the classic BBC science fiction series, first screened on 22 May 1965.
William Shakespeare: His Life & Times TV
  • United Kingdom
1978
A 6-part serial produced by Cecil Clarke and written by John Mortimer, that recounts Shakespeare's life in London.
Shakespeare in Love Film
  • United Kingdom
1998
A fictional love story about Shakespeare's romance with a noblewoman, at the time of writing Romeo and Juliet.
A Waste of Shame TV
  • United Kingdom
2005
A dramatisation of Shakespeare's life at the time of writing the Sonnets.
Elizabeth Rex TV
  • Canada
2004
Based on the play of that name by Timothy Findley, stars Shakespeare as a main character, recording interactions between Elizabeth I and members of his cast on the night her lover is to be executed by her own order.[130]
Anonymous Film
  • United Kingdom
  • Germany
2011
A fictional drama about the alleged authorship of Shakespeare's work.
"The Shakespeare Code"
(Doctor Who)
TV
  • United Kingdom
2007
An episode of the BBC science fiction series, first screened on 7 April 2007, set in 1599.
Romeo x Juliet TV
  • Japan
2007
  • Yukio Takahashi (4 episodes)
  • Masanori Takahashi (3 episodes)
  • Takaaki Wada (3 episodes)
  • Michio Fukuda (2 episodes)
  • Mitsuhiro Karato (2 episodes)
An anime fantasy retelling of the play. Juliet's family were rulers of a floating island nation called Neo Verona before being killed by the Montagues, forcing her to hide in a theater troupe owned by a fictional version of William Shakespeare.
Upstart Crow TV
  • United Kingdom
2016
A BBC sitcom.
Will TV
  • United States
2017-
A TNT series telling the wild story of young William Shakespeare's arrival onto the punk-rock theater scene in 16th century London - the seductive, violent world where his raw talent faced rioting audiences, religious fanatics and raucous side-shows; a contemporary version of Shakespeare's life, played to a modern soundtrack that exposes all his recklessness, lustful temptations and brilliance.

Acting Shakespeare[edit]

Title M C Y Directors Starring Description
To Be or Not To Be
  • United States
1942 The story of an acting company in 1939 Poland.
Shakespeare Wallah
  • India
  • United States
1965
The story of an acting company in India.[131]
The Goodbye Girl
  • United States
1977 Contains scenes in which the Richard Dreyfuss character rehearses and performs Richard III.
To Be or Not To Be
A remake of the Ernst Lubitsch film.
The Dreamer of Oz: The L. Frank Baum Story
Includes a badly-performed rendition of Hamlet's graveyard speech (not by L. Frank Baum, who plays a watchman, though he did play Hamlet over 200 times in real life).
Dead Poets Society Film
  • United States
1989 Portrays a student (played by Robert Sean Leonard) who performs the role of Puck in a school production of A Midsummer's Night Dream against his father's wishes.
A Midwinter's Tale
  • United Kingdom
1996
Tells the story of a group of actors performing Hamlet.
Looking for Richard
  • United States
1996 A documentary account of Al Pacino's quest to perform Richard III, featuring substantial excerpts from the play. It includes the talents of Winona Ryder, Alec Baldwin and Kevin Spacey.
RSC Production Casebook – The Winter's Tale Video
A 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.

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 One, Titus Andronicus, and 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, Play, 1966). 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 and 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

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ By BBC2 on 3 June 1968 at 21:00.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Young 1999, p. 358.
  2. ^ Voigts-Virchow 2004, p. 92.
  3. ^ "William Shakespeare - Filmography". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 11 August 2017. 
  4. ^ Brooke 2014.
  5. ^ BUFVC: All's Well That Ends Well (1968) n.d.
  6. ^ BUFVC: All's Well That Ends Well (1978) n.d.
  7. ^ Murphy 2006.
  8. ^ BUFVC: As You Like It (1936) n.d.
  9. ^ BUFVC: As You Like It (1963) n.d.
  10. ^ Billington 2015.
  11. ^ Willis 1991, p. 3.
  12. ^ Time Out London n.d.
  13. ^ Elley 1992.
  14. ^ Osborne 2003, p. 148.
  15. ^ Crowther 1940.
  16. ^ Academy Awards 1941.
  17. ^ BUFVC: The Merchant of Venice (1936) n.d.
  18. ^ Bamford 1999, p. 55.
  19. ^ BUFVC: The Merchant of Venice (1974) n.d.
  20. ^ Wayne 2004.
  21. ^ BBC 2001.
  22. ^ Wilders & Alexander 1982, pp. 18–19.
  23. ^ Brown 1995, p. 125.
  24. ^ Cannes 1959.
  25. ^ BUFVC: Sen Noci Svatojanske n.d.
  26. ^ Mereghetti & Pezzotta 2010.
  27. ^ BUFVC: Sogno di una Notte d'Estate n.d.
  28. ^ Tornabuoni 1983.
  29. ^ Rothwell 2000, pp. 51–2.
  30. ^ Graser 2014.
  31. ^ Munden 1997, p. 170.
  32. ^ Sydney Morning Herald 1962.
  33. ^ Sitsky & McPherson 2005.
  34. ^ BUFVC: The Taming of the Shrew (1967) n.d.
  35. ^ Burnett 2012, p. 240.
  36. ^ Brady 1989, pp. 38–44.
  37. ^ The Canberra Times & 10 October 1966.
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  39. ^ Pang 2002, p. 26.
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