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King LearKing Lear (1984) Recommended
Dir. Michael Elliot
Feat. Laurence Olivier
Made for Granada television, this magnificent version stars Laurence Olivier who, in the twilight of his career, gives a riveting performance as the…
Much Ado About NothingMuch Ado About Nothing (1984)
Dir. Stuart Burge
Feat. Cherie Lunghi, Robert Lindsay, Michael Elphick
Part of the BBC's excellent series of Shakespeare productions, filmed in a 'theatrical' TV environment utilising the best of English acting talent.
Anthony and CleopatraAnthony and Cleopatra (1983)
Dir. Lawrence Carra
Feat. Timothy Dalton, Lynn Redgrave, John Carradine
Above–par version of Shakespeare's Egyptian tragedy with the two leads giving particularly strong performances. Filmed in a…
King LearKing Lear (1983)
Dir. Alan Cooke
Feat. Mike Kellen, Darryl Hickman, Charles Aidman
An American television version of Shakespeare's powerful tragedy, filmed in a pseudo–theatrical style.
MacbethMacbeth (1983)
Dir. Jack Gold
Feat. Nicol Williamson, Jane Lapotaire
One of the BBC's celebrated series of Shakespeare adaptations, with Nicol Williamson putting in a strong showing as the tortured Scottish usurper.…
Richard IIIRichard III (The Tragedy of Richard III) (1983)
Dir. Jane Howell
Feat. Peter Benson, Antony Brown, David Burke
BBC adaptation of Shakespeare's brilliantly dark play, completely unabridged and loyal to the original text.
Tempest, TheTempest, The (1983)
Dir. William Woodman
Feat. Efrem Zimbalist Jr., William Hootkins, Nicholas Hammond
An American television version of Shakespeare's much filmed late 'romance', here presented in a pseudo–theatrical style.
BBC Shakespeare Collection: Series 5BBC Shakespeare Collection: Series 5 (Richard III, King Lear, Henry VI Part 1, Henry VI Part 2, Henry VI Part 3, The Merry Wives of Windsor) (1982-1983)
Feat. Alan Bennett, Ben Kingsley, Judy Davis
The fifth in a series of boxed–sets compiling the BBC's comprehensive Shakespeare adaptations for television. This set includes: Richard III,…
BBC Shakespeare Collection: Series 6BBC Shakespeare Collection: Series 6 (Cymbeline, The Comedy of Errors, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Coriolanus, Macbeth) (1982-1984)
Feat. Helen Mirren, Jane Lapotaire, John Hudson
The sixth in a series of boxed–sets compiling the BBC's comprehensive Shakespeare adaptations for television. This set includes: Cymbeline…
King LearKing Lear (1982)
Dir. Jonathan Miller
Feat. Sir Michael Hordern, John Shrapnel, Norman Rodway
BBC adaptation of Shakespeare's powerful tragedy, with Michael Hordern in the lead role as the troubled King.

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