Hamlet

William Shakespeare

Hamlet, William Shakespeare's longest and most famous tragedy, was written some time between 1599 and 1602. It is considered to be one of the greatest and most influential works of literature in history.

 

Prince Hamlet sets out to avenge his beloved father's death at the hand of his uncle Claudius, who has married the Queen and seized the crown. But Hamlet's spiral into grief and madness has permanent and immutable consequences for the Kingdom of Denmark.

Royal Exchange Theatre
(2014)
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BBC Studios
(2009)
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Production
(1980)
The Prince of Denmark: a story vaguely inspired by Shakespeare's Hamlet
British Council
(2016)
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Hamlet - RSC 2016
RSC
(2016)
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Tara Arts
(2016)
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Stratford Festival
(2016)
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LA Theatre Works
(2011)
Audio Theatre

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1600

Hansel and Gretel

Engelbert Humperdinck
With a libretto based on the Brothers Grimm story, this classic opera features a host of characters including the Sandman, the Dew Fairy, and the Witch.
Hansel (Angelika Kirchschlager) and Gretel (Diana Damrau) © ROH/Bill Cooper
Royal Opera House
(2008)
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1893

Happy Days

Samuel Beckett
A canny and touching comedy, this Samuel Beckett play stars Irene Worth in a tour-de-force performance as perennial optimist Winnie who deep down senses she has little to feel "happy" about.
Happy Days
Broadway Digital Archive
(1980)
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1961

Hasmukh Saab Ki Wasihat

Mahesh Dattani
This CinePlay adaptation by Mahesh Dattani’s contemporary comedy concerns a father who refuses to relinquish control of his family, even after his death.
CinePlay
(2014)
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2014

Hay Fever

Noël Coward
Three members of an idiosyncratic family are expecting company at their country estate. But when their unsuspecting guests arrive, they find that a weekend with the Bliss family is anything but.
LA Theatre Works
(1999)
Audio Theatre

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1925

Hedda Gabler

Henrik Ibsen
Hedda Gabler is in no doubt that, in marrying George Tesman, she has plummeted through the ranks of late Nineteenth Century Norwegian society. As we watch Hedda struggle to cling on to her status, her situation and her sanity, old secrets are dragged into the drawing room and old habits die hard.
BBC Studios
(1993)
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HiBROW
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1891

Henceforward...

Alan Ayckbourn
In the near-future, a composer with creative block tries to re-unite with his estranged wife and daughter, hoping their reconciliation will free his mind to create his greatest musical masterpiece. But his own erratic impulses hinder his journey to creative freedom.
LA Theatre Works
(2010)
Audio Theatre

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1987

Henry IV, Part 1

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part I and Henry IV, Part II are believed to have been written no later than 1597, and depict a span of history from 1402 to the crowning of Henry V in 1413.

 

Wracked by guilt and illness, King Henry IV fears for England’s future. The heir to the throne, Prince Hal, seems intent only on a life of debauchery. As war looms and the stakes increase, father and son struggle to face their destinies – and each other.

BBC Studios
(1978)
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Henry IV - RSC 2015
RSC
(2014)
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LA Theatre Works
(1997)
Audio Theatre

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1596

Henry IV, Part 2

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part I and Henry IV, Part II are believed to have been written no later than 1597, and depict a span of history from 1402 to the crowning of Henry V in 1413.

 

Wracked by guilt and illness, King Henry IV fears for England’s future. The heir to the throne, Prince Hal, seems intent only on a life of debauchery. As war looms and the stakes increase, father and son struggle to face their destinies – and each other.

BBC Studios
(1978)
Production
Henry IV - RSC 2015
RSC
(2014)
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LA Theatre Works
(1997)
Audio Theatre

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1597

Henry V

William Shakespeare

It is possible to accurately date the composition of Henry V to 1599, due to its allusion to the Earl of Essex. William Shakespeare takes Holinshed’s Chronicles as his source text, but the play diverges in its prominent use of the chorus figure.

 

King Henry V is encouraged to go to war with France, leading to the famous battle of Agincourt. Henry struggles under the strain of leadership but is ultimately victorious conquering France, as well as the French Princess.

BBC Studios
(1979)
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Henry V gets ready for battle
WillShake
(2018)
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Henry V - RSC 2015
RSC
(2015)
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1599

Henry VI, Part 1

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare’s epic depiction of the Wars of the Roses are likely to have been collaborative works, with George Peel, Robert Greene and Thomas Nashe all proposed as possible co-writers.

 

The pious and serious young King Henry VI ascends to a severely depleted throne in the wake of his father's death. Determined to unite his fractured realm, Henry throws himself into the Hundred Years War, capturing the mysterious Joan of Arc and uniting England and France in marriage.

BBC Studios
(1978)
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1592

Henry VI, Part 2

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare’s epic depiction of the Wars of the Roses are likely to have been collaborative works, with George Peel, Robert Greene and Thomas Nashe all proposed as possible co-writers.

 

The pious and serious young King Henry VI ascends to a severely depleted throne in the wake of his father's death. Determined to unite his fractured realm, Henry throws himself into the Hundred Years War, capturing the mysterious Joan of Arc and uniting England and France in marriage.

BBC Studios
(1978)
Production

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1596

Henry VI, Part 3

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare’s epic depiction of the Wars of the Roses are likely to have been collaborative works, with George Peel, Robert Greene and Thomas Nashe all proposed as possible co-writers.

 

The pious and serious young King Henry VI ascends to a severely depleted throne in the wake of his father's death. Determined to unite his fractured realm, Henry throws himself into the Hundred Years War, capturing the mysterious Joan of Arc and uniting England and France in marriage.

BBC Studios
(1978)
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1591

Henry VIII

William Shakespeare

Likely to have been a collaboration with John Fletcher, William Shakespeare’s Henry VIII, or All is True, could not have been written during Elizabeth’s reign – the events depicted were still so recent – but capitalises on Jacobean nostalgia for the Elizabethan era.

 

In Shakespeare’s account of the infamous king’s tempestuous romantic and political relationship, we see the rise of some – Wolsey, Anne, Cranmer – at the expense of others – Buckingham, Katherine, and Wolsey again.

BBC Studios
(1979)
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Henry VIII - Shakespeare's Globe (2010)
Shakespeare's Globe
(2010)
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1613

Hidden Variables

Colin Matthews

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