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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…
HamletHamlet (2000)
Dir. Michael Almereyda
Feat. Ethan Hawke, Julia Stiles, Bill Murray
Setting Shakespeare’s play in the contemporary corporate world, the dir. of NADJA brings a fresh slant to the classic despite low–budget…
Merchant of Venice, TheMerchant of Venice, The (2000)
Dir. Trevor Nunn
Feat. Henry Goodman
A wonderful TV version (taken from an acclaimed production) of Shakespeare's 'problem play', recreating the classic tale of debt, honour and love in…
OO (Othello) (2000) Recommended
Dir. Tim Blake Nelson
Feat. Josh Hartnett, Mekhi Phifer, Julia Stiles
Continuing recent trends, this ‘updating’ of Shakespeare’s ”Othello” transfers the dialogue and setting into the US schoolyard, where Josh…
10 Things I Hate About You10 Things I Hate About You (1999) Recommended
Dir. Gil Junger
Feat. Heath Ledger, Julia Stiles
Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew is shrink–wrapped as '90s high–school hi–jinks. A protective Dad forbids his nubile daughter…
Love's Labour's LostLove's Labour's Lost (1999)
Dir. Kenneth Branagh
Feat. Kenneth Branagh, Alicia Silverstone, Timothy Spall
Untiring Shakespearean–enthusiast Kenneth Branagh, labours his latest adaptation: the Bard’s sparkling early comedy made over as a 30s Irving…
Midsummer Night's Dream, AMidsummer Night's Dream, A (1999) Recommended
Dir. Michael Hoffman
Feat. Kevin Kline, Michelle Pfeiffer, Stanley Tucci
Played out in 19th century Tuscany, Shakespeare's most enchanted comedy places its collection of fairies, rude mechanicals and humans in…
TitusTitus (1999)
Dir. Julie Taymor
Feat. Anthony Hopkins, Jessica Lange, Alan Cumming
A ferocious, no–holds–barred reading by Anthony Hopkins, Jessica Lange and Alan Cumming of Shakespeare's early play, the baroque, and…
HamletHamlet (1997) Recommended
Dir. Kenneth Branagh
Feat. Kenneth Branagh, Julie Christie, Jack Lemmon
A flash and vigorous reading of Shakespeare's tragedy of the melancholy Dane, hatched by Kenneth Branagh and a bevy of incongruous thesps. An…
William Shakespeare's Romeo and JulietWilliam Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet (1997) Aro Favourite
Dir. Baz Luhrmann
Feat. Leonardo DiCaprio, Claire Danes, Pete Postlethwaite
Visionary director Baz Luhrmann takes his STRICTLY BALLROOM crew to the Americas and conjures a cinematic universe of striking originality and…

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