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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 (2011) dir. Ralph Fiennes, starring Ralph Fiennes, Jessica Chastain, Vanessa Redgrave
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 (1989) dir. and starring Kenneth Branagh, Paul Scofield, Judi Dench, Emma Thompson, Derek Jacobi
King Lear (2008) dir. Trevor Nunn, starring Ian McKellen
Macbeth (2010) dir. Rupert Goold, w/ Patrick Stewart, Kate Fleetwood
Othello (1995) dir. Oliver Parker, w/ Laurence Fishburne, Kenneth Branagh, Irène Jacob
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 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.
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