William Shakespeare (April 26, 1564 - April 23, 1616) is reputed to be the greatest of all writers in the English language, or indeed in any language. His ability to capture and convey the most profound aspects of human nature is regarded by many as unequalled, and the English Renaissance has often been called "the age of Shakespeare". He was among few playwrights who have excelled in both tragedy and comedy and several of his plays contain songs that are among the finest lyric poems in English. His prolific output is especially impressive in light of the fact that he lived only 53 years. "A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool." - Will Shakespeare

Macbeth - Shakespeare Retold (2005)

Director: Mark Brozel
Starring: James McAvoy, Keeley Hawes, Joseph Millson, Toby Kebbell, Vincent Regan, Richard...

Shakespeare's Scottish play is skilfully transferred to a modern day restaurant where chef Joe Macbeth (James McAvoy) has worked hard to make Duncan D... Read more

Much Ado About Nothing (1993)

Director: Kenneth Branagh
Starring: Kenneth Branagh, Michael Keaton, Robert Sean Leonard, Keanu Reeves, Emma Thompso...

Shakespeare's comedy of the wooing of Benedick (played by actor-director-screenwriter Kenneth Branagh) and Beatrice (his real life wife Emma Thompson)... Read more

Much Ado About Nothing (2012)

Director: Joss Whedon
Starring: Clark Gregg, Nathan Fillion, Sean Maher, Alexis Denisof, Amy Acker, Fran Kranz,...

Fans of Whedon and Shakespeare will rejoice... Joss Whedon's sexy and contemporary spin on Shakespeare's classic comedy about sparring lovers Beatrice... Read more

Much Ado About Nothing (BBC) (1984)

Director: Stuart Burge
Starring: Cherie Lunghi, Robert Lindsay, Robert Reynolds, Michael Elphick, Clive Dunn

Cherie Lunghi and Robert Lindsay star as Benedick and Beatrice in this faithful BBC adaptation of Shakespeare's famous comedy. Benedick and Beatrice f... Read more

Much Ado About Nothing - Shakespeare Retold (2005)

Director: Brian Percival
Starring: Sarah Parish, Damian Lewis, Tom Ellis, Billie Piper, Martin Jarvis, Olivia Colma...

Set in the contemporary world of broadcasting, Beatrice (Sarah Parish) is an ambitious anchor who finds herself back working with detested 'old flame'... Read more

NOW: In the Wings on a World Stage (2014)

Director: Jeremy Whelehan
Starring: Kevin Spacey, Sam Mendes

It's that rare film that captures and conveys the romance of the theatrical experience. Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times. Join the excitement of live... Read more

O ( Othello ) (2001)

Director: Tim Blake Nelson
Starring: Mekhi Phifer, Josh Hartnett, Julia Stiles, Martin Sheen, Rain Phoenix, John Hear...

Shakespeare goes to high school in this controversial revamping of the Bard's "Othello." The setting is a modern-day suburban prep school wh... Read more

Othello (BBC) (1981)

Director: Jonathan Miller
Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Bob Hoskins, Penelope Wilton, Rosemary Leach

After undertaking to film all Shakespeare's plays, the BBC produced some of the most faithful and gripping renditions of the bard's work ever committe... Read more

Othello (Fishburne) (1995)

Director: Oliver Parker
Starring: Laurence Fishburne, Kenneth Branagh, Irene Jacob

Laurence Fishburne is very good in the title role bringing out the warrior Moor's essential innocence and passion, while Kenneth Branagh is brilliant... Read more

Othello (Olivier) (1965)

Director: Stuart Burge
Starring: Laurence Olivier, Maggie Smith, Joyce Redman, Frank Finlay, Derek Jacobi

Shakespeare's tragic story of how a great man's vanity is manipulated by a jealous aide to bring his downfall, has never been more movingly nor dramat... Read more