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

Titus (1999)

Director: Julie Taymor
Starring: Alan Cumming, Colm Feore, Anthony Hopkins, Jessica Lange, Harry Lennix

"Titus Andronicus", Shakespeare's first tragedy, is given striking treatment by director Julie Taymor, who melds ancient settings with modern accoutre... Read more

Twelfth Night (1988)

Director: Paul Kafno
Starring: Richard Briers, Caroline Langrishe

The tale begins when a brother and sister are separated in a shipwreck, but survive to be washed up on the shore of Illyria. The sister, Viola, disgui... Read more

Twelfth Night (1996)

Director: Trevor Nunn
Starring: Imogen Stubbs, Helena Bonham Carter, Ben Kingsley

Shakespeare's richest and most haunting 'comedy' of would be lovers and mistaken identity is given lavish treatment with Imogen Stubbs, Helena Bonham... Read more

Twelfth Night (BBC) (1980)

Director: John Gorrie
Starring: Alec McCowen, Robert Hardy, Felicity Kendal, Sinead Cusack, Trevor Peacock

Directed by John Gorrie, this BBC production of Shakespeare's romantic comedy stars Felicity Kendall as Viola, a shipwrecked girl who disguises hersel... Read more

Will Shakespeare (1978)

Director: Robert Knights, Mark Cullingham
Starring: Ian McShane, Nicholas Clay, Tim Curry, John McEnery

Tim Curry plays the Bard in this six-part dramatised account, written by John Mortimer, that follows the years Shakespeare spent in London. With each... Read more