Shakespeare's Plays

Recommended film adaptations

This list contains affiliate links, which means I may earn a small commission if a reader clicks through and makes a purchase. Some of these films are only available to buy as physical products, but the majority are available for immediate download and cost between two and five dollars to rent. 



 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 

 



Shakespeare's Globe productions

Shakespeare's Globe in London puts on fabulous plays and frequently films its performances. You can read about the history of The Globe Theater here. The following filmed performances are the best I have seen or are are simply the ones I enjoy the most.

 

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

 



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