Recommended film adaptations

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—Some of these films are only available to buy as physical products, but the majority are available for immediate download or streaming.

 

A Midsummer Night's Dream

 

A Midsummer Night's Dream (1999) dir. Michael Hoffman w/ Michelle Pfeiffer, Stanley Tucci, Kevin Kline, Calista Flockhart

 

Antony and Cleopatra

 

Antony and Cleopatra (1974) dir. Trevor Nunn, w/ Janet Suzman, Richard Johnson, Patrick Stewart, Colin Redgrave

 

Coriolanus

 

Coriolanus (2011) dir. Ralph Fiennes, starring Ralph Fiennes, Jessica Chastain, Vanessa Redgrave

 

Hamlet

 

Hamlet (2009) dir. Gregory Doran, w/ David Tennant, Patrick Stewart

 

Hamlet (1990) dir. Franco Zeffirelli, w/ Mel Gibson, Glenn Close, Alan Bates, Paul Scofield

 

Hamlet (1996) dir. and starring Kenneth Branagh, w/ Julie Christie, Derek Jacobi, Kate Winslet, Billy Crystal

 

Henry V

 

Henry V (1989) dir. and starring Kenneth Branagh, Paul Scofield, Judi Dench, Emma Thompson, Derek Jacobi

 

King Lear

 

King Lear (2008) dir. Trevor Nunn, starring Ian McKellen

 

Macbeth

 

Macbeth (2010) dir. Rupert Goold, w/ Patrick Stewart, Kate Fleetwood

 

Othello

 

Othello (1995) dir. Oliver Parker, w/ Laurence Fishburne, Kenneth Branagh, Irène Jacob 

 

Richard III

 

Richard III (1995) dir. Richard Loncraine, w/ Ian McKellen, Annette Benning, Robert Downey Jr., Maggie Smith

 

Richard III (1955) dir. and starring Laurence Olivier, w/ Ralph Richardson, Claire Bloom

 

Romeo and Juliet

 

Romeo and Juliet (1968) dir. Franco Zeffirelli, w/ Olivia Hussey and Leonard Whiting

 

The Merchant of Venice

 

The Merchant of Venice (2004) dir. Michael Radford, w/ Jeremy Irons, Al Pacino

 

The Taming of the Shrew

 

The Taming of the Shrew (1967) dir. Franco Zeffirelli, w/ Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton 

 

the globe theatre

—Shakespeare's Globe in London puts on fabulous plays and frequently films its performances. You can find their filmed performances here

 

Recommended Globe productions:

 Antony and Cleopatra (2012) dir. Kemal Aydogan in Turkish with English subtitles

 

Henry IV Part I (2010) dir. Dominic Dromgoole w/ Jamie Parker, Roger Allam DVD

 

Henry IV Part I (2010) dir. Dominic Dromgoole w/ Jamie Parker, Roger Allam Online RentalDVD

 


Shakespeare's Complete Works 

Edited by Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen. The modern library editions are available as individual paperbacks as well, which is how I buy them. Also available on Kindle.

 

Slings & Arrows

A Canadian TV series about a Shakespeare theatre company. It is superb. It used to be available on Netflix, but no longer. It's available to buy on Amazon for an exorbitant price, which I would pay twice over for this collection.

 

 

Playing Shakespeare

DVD series of RSC actors Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, and Judi Dench exploring features of Shakespeare’s language and dramaturgy. You can buy the text of the series here. Some episodes are available on Youtube and Amazon Prime.