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Shakespeare

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

10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

7.3/10
Director: Gil Junger
Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Heath Ledger, Julia Stiles, David Krumholtz, Andrew Keegan...

This teen comedy, loosely patterned after 'The Taming of the Shrew', concerns the would-be suitors of a girl forbidden to start dating before her sull... Read more

A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935)

7/10
Director: William Dieterle
Starring: James Cagney, Joe E Brown, Dick Powell

Love is blind, fickle and true. And under the sway of capricious fairies it becomes blinder (a queen romances a donkey), more fickle (best friends swo... Read more

A Midsummer Night's Dream (1999)

6.5/10
Director: Michael Hoffman
Starring: Kevin Kline, Michelle Pfeiffer, Rupert Everett

Aka "William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream". The bard's classic comedy has been transported from ancient Greece to late 19th century Italy w... Read more

A Midsummer Night's Dream (2008)

6.5/10
Director: Adrian Noble
Starring: Lindsay Duncan, Barry Lynch

Shakespeare's beloved comic romance is once again translated to the screen in this lively adaptation. The fantasy is brought to life by the cream of t... Read more

A Midsummer Night's Dream - Shakespeare Retold (2005)

Director: Ed Fraiman
Starring: Imelda Staunton, Bill Paterson, Lennie James, Sharon Small, Zoe Tapper, Dean Len...

Polly (Imelda Staunton) and Theo (Bill Paterson) have come to Dream Park to celebrate the engagement of their daughter in this updated BBC version of... Read more

A Waste of Shame: The Mystery of Shakespeare and His Sonnets (2005)

6.5/10
Director: John McKay
Starring: Indira Varma, Nicholas Rowe, Rupert Graves, Zoe Wanamaker, Tom Sturridge, Anna C...

In 1609, William Shakespeare published a collection of 154 sonnets, creating what is arguably the greatest lyric sequence in English literature. But w... Read more

All Night Long (1961)

5.9/10
Director: Basil Dearden, Michael Relph
Starring: Richard Attenborough, Patrick McGoohan, Keith Michell, Betsy Blair, Charles Ming...

Directed by Basil Dearden and set in London's jazz scene of the 1950s, this atmospheric updating of Shakespeare's 'Othello' features appearances by so... 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

Antony And Cleopatra (BBC) (1981)

5.9/10
Director: Jonathan Miller
Starring: Colin Blakely, Janet Key, Jane Lapotaire, John Paul, Esmond Knight, Ian Charleso...

Colin Blakely and Jan Lapataire star in this BBC adaptation of Shakespeare's passionate tale. Mark Antony, one of the three rulers of the Roman Empire... Read more

As You Like It (1936)

6/10
Director: Paul Czinner
Starring: Laurence Olivier, Elisabeth Bergner

Filmed in 1936 when Olivier was still considered a promising young actor rather than one of the finest thespians ever, this is his first filmed perfor... Read more