Shakespeare review project

Shakespeare’s 37 canonic plays (I’m not including the more recently accepted Two Noble Kinsmen or Edward III) have been adapted on many occasions for the screen.

Following is a list of the titles I have seen, with links to follow in due course to my thoughts about them.

Hamlet

  • 1921 film (Asta Nielsen),
  • 1948 film (Laurence Olivier),
  • 1964 film (Richard Burton),
  • 1964 film (Russian),
  • 1969 film (Nicol Williamson),
  • 1976 film (Meyer twins),
  • 1990 film (Mel Gibson),
  • 1996 film (Kenneth Branagh),
  • 2000 film (Ethan Hawke),
  • 2007 film (Fodor)
  • 1964 TV (Hamlet at Elsinore),
  • 1970 TV (Richard Chamberlain),
  • 1980 TV (Derek Jacobi),
  • 1990 TV (Kevin Kline),
  • 2000 TV (Campbell Scott),
  • 2002 TV (Adrian Lester),
  • 2003 video (William Houston),
  • 2009 TV (David Tennant),
  • The Bad Sleep Well,
  • Prince of Jutland,
  • Animated Tales – Hamlet,
  • Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead,
  • The Lion King,
  • In The Bleak Midwinter,
  • Three Days of Hamlet

Romeo and Juliet

  • 1936 film (Leslie Howard & Norma Shearer),
  • 1954 film (Laurence Harvey & Susan Shentall),
  • 1968 film (Leonard Whiting & Olivia Hussey),
  • 1996 film (Leonardo di Caprio & Claire Danes),
  • 1965 TV (Clive Francis & Angela Scoular),
  • 1976 TV (Christopher Neame & Ann Hasson),
  • 1978 TV (Patrick Ryecart & Rebecca Saire),
  • 1994 TV (Jonathan Firth & Geraldine Somerville),
  • Globe 2010 (Adetomiwa Edun & Ellie Kendrick),
  • 1966 ballet (Rudolf Nureyev & Margot Fonteyn),
  • 1984 ballet (Wayne Eagling & Alessandra Ferri),
  • 2000 ballet (Angel Corella & Alessandra Ferri),
  • 2009 ballet (Carlos Acosta & Tamara Rojo)
  • West Side Story,
  • Gnomeo and Juliet,
  • Tromeo and Juliet,
  • Animated Tales – Romeo and Juliet

Macbeth

  • 1948 film (Orson Welles)
  • 1971 film (Jon Finch)
  • 1997 film (Jason Connery)
  • TV 1961 (Sean Connery)
  • TV 1970 (Michael Jayston)
  • TV 1979 (Ian McKellen)
  • TV 1983 (Nicol Williamson)
  • TV 1997 (James Frain, in Macbeth on the Estate)
  • TV 1998 (Sean Pertwee)
  • TV 2001 (Antony Sher)
  • TV 2005 (James McAvoy, in Shakespeare Retold)
  • TV 2010 (Patrick Stewart)
  • Video 1981 (Jeremy Brett)
  • Video 2009 (Ian Merrill Peakes)
  • Video 2012 (Marek Oravec)
  • Video 2012 (David Morrissey, for Digital Theatre)
  • Throne of Blood (Toshiro Mifune)
  • Men of Respect (John Turturro)
  • Scotland, PA (James Le Gros)

The Tempest

  • Film 1908 (director Percy Stow)
  • Film 1979 (Heathcote Williams)
  • Film 2010 (Helen Mirren as ‘Prospera’)
  • TV 1960 (Maurice Evans)
  • TV 1980 (Michael Hordern)
  • Forbidden Planet
  • Yellow Sky
  • Prospero’s Books

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

  • Film 1910
  • Film 1935
  • Film 1968
  • Film 1996
  • Film 1999
  • TV 1981

Othello

  • Film 1922 (Emil Jannings)
  • Film 1952 (Orson Welles)
  • Film 1965 (Laurence Olivier)
  • Film 1995 (Laurence Fishburne)
  • Film 2001 (‘O’)
  • TV 1981 (Anthony Hopkins)
  • TV 1989 (John Kani)
  • TV 1990 (Willard White)
  • TV 2001 (Eamonn Walker)
  • Video 1981 (William Marshall)
  • Video 2007 (Eamonn Walker, Globe Theatre)
  • All Night Long
  • Jubal
  • Otello (1986 opera)

Twelfth Night

  • Film 1910
  • Film 1996
  • TV 1969
  • TV 1980
  • TV 1988
  • TV 2003
  • She’s The Man
  • What You Will

Much Ado About Nothing

  • Film 1993
  • Film 2012
  • TV 1967
  • TV 1984
  • TV 2005 (as Shakespeare ReTold)

King Lear

  • Film 1909 (William V Ranous)
  • Film 1910 (Ermete Novelli)
  • Film 1916 (Frederick Warne)
  • Film 1971 (Juri Jarvet)
  • Film 1971 (Paul Scofield)
  • Film 1987 (as Jean-Luc Godard’s King Lear)
  • Film 1999 (Brian Blessed)
  • TV 1953 (Orson Welles)
  • TV 1974 (Patrick Magee)
  • TV 1974 (James Earl Jones)
  • TV 1982 (Michael Hordern)
  • TV 1983 (Laurence Olivier)
  • TV 1998 (Ian Holm)
  • TV 2008 (Ian McKellen)
  • Video 2012 (Jonathan Pryce, for Digital Theatre)
  • Ran (Tatsuya Nakadai)
  • A Thousand Acres (Jason Robards)
  • House of Strangers (Edward G Robinson)
  • Broken Lance (Spencer Tracy)
  • My Kingdom (Richard Harris)
  • King of Texas (Patrick Stewart)
  • The King is Alive

The Taming of the Shrew

  • Film 1908 (Arthur V Johnson & Florence Lawrence)
  • Film 1929 (Douglas Fairbanks Sr & Mary Pickford)
  • Film 1967 (Richard Burton & Elizabeth Taylor)
  • TV 1980 (John Cleese & Sarah Badel)
  • TV 1994 (Animated Tales)
  • TV 2005 (as Shakespeare ReTold)
  • Kiss Me Kate (1953)
  • Kiss Me Kate (1958)
  • Bullwhip
  • McLintock!
  • 10 Things I Hate About You
  • Kiss Me Kate (1999)

As You Like It

  • Film 1936
  • Film 1992
  • Film 2006
  • TV 1978

The Merchant of Venice

  • TV 1972 (Frank Finlay as Shylock)
  • TV 1973 (Laurence Olivier)
  • TV 1980 (Warren Mitchell)
  • TV 1996 (Bob Peck)
  • TV 2001 (Henry Goodman)
  • Film 2004 (Al Pacino)

Julius Caesar

  • Film 1950 (Charlton Heston as Mark Antony)
  • Film 1953 (Marlon Brando)
  • Film 1970 (Charlton Heston)
  • TV 1979 (Keith Michell)
  • TV 2012 (Paterson Joseph)
  • TV 1994 (Animated Shakespeare)

Measure for Measure

  • TV 1979
  • TV 1994 (‘The Shakespeare Laboratory’)
  • Film 2006

Coriolanus

  • Film 2011 (Ralph Fiennes)
  • TV 1984 (Alan Howard)

Henry V

  • Film 1944 (Laurence Olivier)
  • Film 1989 (Kenneth Branagh)
  • TV 2012 (Tom Hiddleston, in The Hollow Crown)

Cymbeline

  • TV 1982

Richard III

  • Film 1911 (Frank Benson)
  • Film 1912 (Frederick Warne)
  • Film 1955 (Laurence Olivier)
  • Film 1995 (Ian McKellen)
  • TV 1965 (as The War of the Roses)
  • TV 1983 (Ron Cook)

The Winter’s Tale

  • Film 1910
  • TV 1962
  • TV 1981
  • TV 1994 (Animated Tales)
  • Video 1999 (RSC)

All’s Well That Ends Well

  • TV 1981

Titus Andronicus

  • Film 1999 (Anthony Hopkins, as Titus)
  • TV 1985 (Trevor Peacock)

Henry IV parts 1 and 2

  • TV 1979
  • TV 2012 (as The Hollow Crown)
  • Video 2010 (Globe on Screen)

Henry VI parts 1, 2 and 3

  • TV 1960 (as An Age of Kings)
  • TV 1965 (as The War of the Roses)
  • TV 1983

Love’s Labour’s Lost

  • TV 1985
  • Film 2000
  • Video 2009 (Globe on Screen)

The Merry Wives of Windsor

  • TV 1980
  • TV 1982
  • Opera 1999 (‘Falstaff’)

The Comedy of Errors

  • TV 1978
  • TV 1983
  • The Boys from Syracuse
  • Big Business

Antony and Cleopatra

  • Film 1972 (Charlton Heston & Hildegarde Neil)
  • TV 1972 (Richard Johnson & Janet Suzman)
  • TV 1981 (Colin Blakely & Jane Lapotaire)
  • TV 1983 (Timothy Dalton & Lynn Redgrave)

Pericles

  • TV 1984

Henry VIII

  • TV 1979
  • Video 2010 (Globe on Screen)

Richard II

  • TV 1960 (in An Age of Kings)
  • TV 1978
  • TV 1997 (Fiona Shaw)
  • TV 2003 (Globe production)
  • TV 2012 (in A Hollow Crown)
  • Video 2001

Troilus and Cressida

  • TV 1981

Timon of Athens

  • TV 1981

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

  • TV 1983

King John

  • Film 1899
  • TV 1984

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