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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

Falstaff (Chimes at Midnight) (1965)

8.6/10
Director: Orson Welles
Starring: Jeanne Moreau, John Gielgud, Margaret Rutherford, Orson Welles, Norman Rodway

Henry IV (John Gielgud) usurps the English throne, sets in motion the factious War of the Roses and now faces a rebellion led by Northumberland scion... Read more

The Hollow Crown: Series 2 - The Wars of the Roses (2016)

8.4/10
Starring: Hugh Bonneville, Judi Dench, Michael Gambon, Sophie Okonedo, Benedict Cumberbatc...

These three screen adaptations, Henry VI in two parts and Richard III, tell the story of 'The Wars of the Roses', an exceptionally turbulent period in... Read more

Romeo and Juliet (Zeffirelli) ( Blu-ray ) (1968)

7.6/10
Director: Franco Zeffirelli
Starring: Leonard Whiting, Michael York, Milo O'Shea, Olivia Hussey, John McEnery

One of the most popular film adaptations of Shakespeare's classic, the recipient of international acclaim and four Academy Award nominations. Starring... Read more

Macbeth (Fassbender) (2015)

6.6/10
Director: Justin Kurzel
Starring: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Paddy Considine, Sean Harris, Jack Reynor,...

The story of a fearless warrior and inspiring leader brought low by ambition and desire. A thrilling interpretation of the dramatic realities of the t... Read more

Macbeth (Fassbender) ( Blu-ray ) (2015)

6.6/10
Director: Justin Kurzel
Starring: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Paddy Considine, Sean Harris, Jack Reynor,...

Macbeth is the story of a fearless warrior and inspiring leader brought low by ambition and desire. A thrilling interpretation of the dramatic realiti... Read more

Richard III (Olivier) ( Blu-ray ) (1954)

7.5/10
Director: Laurence Olivier
Starring: Laurence Olivier, Stanley Baker, Claire Bloom, John Gielgud, Cedric Hardwicke, R...

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

The Hollow Crown: Series 1 (2012)

8.4/10
Director: Richard Eyre
Starring: Michelle Dockery, Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Julie Walters, Ben Whishaw

From executive producer Sam Mendes comes The Hollow Crown, stunning adaptations of four of Shakespeares most treasured plays featuring all-star casts.... Read more

The Shakespeare Collection: Series 3 (BBC) (1980)

8.5/10
Starring: John Cleese, Warren Mitchell, Jane Lapotaire, Jonathan Pryce

In 1978, the BBC set itself the task of filming all of William Shakespeare's plays for television. The resulting productions, renowned for their loyal... Read more

Anarchy ( aka Cymbeline ) (2014)

6.6/10
Director: Michael Almereyda
Starring: Penn Badgley, Kevin Corrigan, Peter Gerety, Ed Harris, Ethan Hawke, Dakota Johns...

Aka 'Cymbeline'. This gritty and intense crime drama is an adaptation of William Shakespeare's late tragic work of innocence lost and jealousy avenged... Read more

The Shakespeare Collection: Series 2 (BBC) (1979)

8.5/10
Starring: Derek Jacobi, Claire Bloom, David Gwillim, Felicity Kendal, Nigel Hawthorne

In 1978, the BBC set itself the task of filming all of William Shakespeare's plays for television. The resulting productions, renowned for their loyal... Read more