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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