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Subgenre Sampler

Winter's Tale, TheWinter's Tale, The (2006)
Dir. Dominic Cooke
Feat. Sir Antony Sher
The Royal Shakepeare Company's 2006 adaptation of one of Shakespeare's 'problem' plays is, as you would expect, a vibrant, perfectly studied affair,…
Macbeth (Shakespeare Retold)Macbeth (Shakespeare Retold) (2005)
Dir. Mark Brozel
Feat. James McAvoy, Richard Armitage, Keeley Hawes
An updated version of Shakespeare's tragedy by the makers of THE CANTERBURY TALES (2003) series, shifting the Scottish renegade into the…
Midsummer Night's Dream, A (Shakespeare Retold)Midsummer Night's Dream, A (Shakespeare Retold) (2005)
Dir. Ed Fraiman
Feat. Bill Paterson, Imelda Staunton
An updated version of Shakespeare's fantasy–comedy by the makers of THE CANTERBURY TALES (2003) series, with Paterson and Stauton playing…
Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare Retold)Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare Retold) (2005)
Dir. Brian Percival
Feat. Sarah Parish, Damian Lewis, Martin Jarvis
An updated version of Shakespeare's comedy by the makers of THE CANTERBURY TALES (2003) series, here transposing the romantic fireworks between…
Shakespeare Behind BarsShakespeare Behind Bars (2005)
Dir. Hank Rogerson, Jilann Spitzmiller
Issues of redemption and reform underlie this strangely moving account of a troupe of male convicts in a Kentucky correctional facility who, over the…
Taming of the Shrew, The (Shakespeare Retold)Taming of the Shrew, The (Shakespeare Retold) (2005)
Dir. David Richards
Feat. Shirley Henderson, Rufus Sewell, Twiggy
An updated version of Shakespeare's comedy by the makers of THE CANTERBURY TALES (2003) series, has Shirley Henderson play a bitchy and ambitious MP…
Merchant of Venice, TheMerchant of Venice, The (2004) Recommended
Dir. Michael Radford
Feat. Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons, Joseph Fiennes
Al Pacino seems at home in the Bardís world compared to his more recent contemporary forays, turning in a thorough and morally ambiguous rendition of…
In Search of ShakespeareIn Search of Shakespeare (2003) Recommended
Presenter Michael Wood and award–winning director Greg Doran investigate the world of William Shakespeare. Using backstage recreations of…
Slings and Arrows (TV Series)Slings and Arrows (TV Series) (2003) Recommended
Feat. Paul Gross, Don McKellar, Rachel McAdams
One of the great forgotten TV gems, this critically lauded, scandalously under–watched arts comedy centres on a fictional Canadian Shakespeare…
OthelloOthello (2001)
Dir. Geoffrey Sax
Feat. Christopher Eccleston, Eamonn Walker, Keeley Hawes
Andrew Davies' brilliantly distilled screenplay brings Othello's universal themes of love and obsession into the format of a modern crime drama set…

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