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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

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

7.1/10
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)

6.2/10
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)

6.9/10
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)

6.9/10
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)

6.9/10
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

Othello (Walker) (2007)

6.9/10
Director: Derek Bailey, Wilson Milam
Starring: Eamonn Walker, Tim McInnerny, Zoe Tapper

Performed for the first time at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, with its racing concentrated plot and intense dramatic detail, "Othello" is one of Shakes... Read more

Othello (Welles) (1952)

6.9/10
Director: Orson Welles
Starring: Orson Welles, Michael Macliammoir, Robert Coote

Shot entirely out of sequence over four years because of budget difficulties, this would be one of the most fascinating attempts at Shakespeare ever f... Read more

Prospero's Books (1991)

6.9/10
Director: Peter Greenaway
Starring: John Gielgud, Michael Clark, Michel Blanc

Peter Greenaway stretches the boundaries of cinema with this unique version of Shakespeare's 'The Tempest'. Combining 35mm and 16mm film, video 'paint... Read more

Richard III (McKellen) (1995)

7.5/10
Director: Richard Loncraine
Starring: Ian McKellen, Annette Bening, Kristin Scott Thomas

Shakespeare's melodrama of treachery and murder during the War of the Roses is transplanted to the 1930s with evil King Richard (Ian McKellen) portray... Read more

Richard III (Olivier) (1954)

7.5/10
Director: Laurence Olivier
Starring: Claire Bloom, John Gielgud, Laurence Olivier, Ralph Richardson, Cedric Hardwicke...

Shakespeare's tragic, twisted king is brilliantly portrayed by Laurence Olivier, who also produced and directed. With Cedric Hardwicke, Ralph Richards... Read more