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Fiona Shaw centre stage dressed in king's robe and crown, with four men stood behind looking into the camera
William Shakespeare

Richard II

Illuminations
Production
William Shakespeare

Richard II

Illuminations
Production
Fiona Shaw takes the lead playing the dethroned king in this lavish film version of Richard II, based on Deborah Warner's controversial 1995 stage production at the National Theatre.
William Shakespeare

Macbeth

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Production
William Shakespeare

Macbeth

Illuminations
Production
Filmed on location in the mysterious underground labyrinth of Welbeck Abbey, this contemporary interpretation of Shakespeare's bloody tragedy was based on the critically-acclaimed Chichester Festival production starring Sir Patrick Stewart in the title role.
Paterson Joseph looking right of camera, against a background of a brick wall with a light
William Shakespeare

Julius Caesar

Illuminations
Production
William Shakespeare

Julius Caesar

Illuminations
Production
Gregory Doran relocates Shakespeare’s tale of power and corruption to post-independence Africa. Featuring an entirely Black British cast, this screen adaption based on the Royal Shakespeare Company production acquires timely urgency in its modern setting.
Antony Sher dressed in uniform hugging Harriet Walter leaning her head on him
William Shakespeare

Macbeth

Illuminations
Production
William Shakespeare

Macbeth

Illuminations
Production
Hailed as the finest production of Shakespeare’s Scottish play for over a quarter of a century, the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Macbeth starring Antony Sher and Harriet Walter was reimagined for the screen in this compelling adaptation captured in 2001 at the Roundhouse, London.
Simon Callow on right-hand side of screen looking to the left with his face lit dressed in grey shirt and black jacket
Jonathan Bate

Being Shakespeare

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Jonathan Bate

Being Shakespeare

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Simon Callow celebrates the life and work of one of the world's greatest playwrights in this triumphant one-man show filmed at the Trafalgar Studios in 2012.
Romeo and Juliet - Photo by Topher McGrillis (C) RSC 2018
William Shakespeare

Romeo and Juliet

RSC
Production
William Shakespeare

Romeo and Juliet

RSC
Production
Shakespeare’s most tragic love story is revived in this modern interpretation by the Royal Shakespeare Company where two star-crossed lovers risk everything to be together.
Macbeth - Photo by Richard Davenport (C) RSC 2018
William Shakespeare

Macbeth

RSC
Production
William Shakespeare

Macbeth

RSC
Production
Shakespeare’s tragic tale of murder, manipulation and witchcraft is brought to life in this contemporary production which marks both Christopher Eccleston’s RSC debut and the return of Niamh Cusack to the Company.
Troilus and Cressida - Photo by Helen Maybanks (C) RSC
William Shakespeare

Troilus and Cressida

RSC
Production
William Shakespeare

Troilus and Cressida

RSC
Production
Shakespeare’s tale of the tragic love between Troilus and Cressida and the corruption of the Trojan War is reimagined in this post-apocalyptic production by the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Salome - Steven Berkoff - East Productions (1992)
Steven Berkoff

Salome

East Productions
Production
Steven Berkoff

Salome

East Productions
Production
Steven Berkoff’s adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s lyrical drama tells the tale of the young Salome, who demands the head of an imprisoned prophet as a reward for dancing for her step-father Herod. Captured live at the Ginza Saison Theatre in Tokyo in 1992, this production stars Berkoff as Herod, the Tetrarch of Judea, who must decide whether to break his oath or give Salome everything she desires.
Helen McCrory in Frankenstein - BBC Studios (2007)
Jed Mercurio

Frankenstein

BBC Studios
Production
Jed Mercurio

Frankenstein

BBC Studios
Production
From Bafta-award winning writer Jed Mercurio comes a gripping contemporary retelling of Mary Shelley's Gothic masterpiece. Set a few years into the future, under the darkened skies of a post super-volcanic world, Doctor Victoria Frankenstein works on a biological experiment which doesn’t go to plan.
After Miss Julie - BBC (1995)
Patrick Marber

After Miss Julie

BBC Studios
Production
Patrick Marber

After Miss Julie

BBC Studios
Production
Patrick Marber’s reimagining of Strindberg’s classic is relocated to England in 1945 on the night of Churchill's election defeat to the socialists. Miss Julie, the daughter of a Labour politician, seduces her father's chauffeur, John, in this 1995 BBC drama starring Kathy Burke, Phil Daniels and Geraldine Somerville.
The Seagull - BBC (1978)
Anton Chekhov

The Seagull

BBC Studios
Production
Anton Chekhov

The Seagull

BBC Studios
Production
Anton Chekhov’s masterful exploration of artistry, failure and youth follows the lives and relationships of artists in conflict with themselves and with each other. This 1978 production was created as part of the BBC's Play of the Month series and stars Michael Gambon as the influential writer Boris Trigorin.