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All’s Well That Ends Well
Antony and Cleopatra
As You Like It
The Comedy of Errors
Coriolanus
Cymbeline
Hamlet
Henry IV, part 1
Henry IV, part 2
Henry V
Henry VI, part 1
Henry VI, part 2
Henry VI, part 3
Henry VIII
Julius Caesar
King John
King Lear
Love’s Labour’s Lost
Macbeth
Measure for Measure
The Merchant of Venice
The Merry Wives of Windsor
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Much Ado About Nothing
Othello
Pericles
Richard II
Richard III
Romeo and Juliet
The Taming of the Shrew
The Tempest
Timon of Athens
Titus Andronicus
Troilus and Cressida
Twelfth Night
Two Gentlemen of Verona
The Winter’s Tale
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Available versions

1936: Paul Czinner

1978: Basil Coleman

1983: Sam Levene, Herb Roland

2006: Kenneth Branagh

2010: Thea Sharrock

2011: Kymberly Mellen, Vance Mellen


Adaptations

1994: Alexei Karaev (animated)


Related

1999: Never Been Kissed


As You Like It

This is one of Shakespeare’s most peculiar comedies, and yet it is often taken as the prototypical comedy. It has a good deal of serious material mixed in with some plain old-fashioned silliness. It has a pattern of action that runs contrary to expectation — slumping in the middle, and having its functional ingredients at both ends. It offers an almost static pastoral reality embedded in a political play filled with hatred and connivance, and then resolves the chief political problem (which has sent everyone out to the woods in the first place) by a completely arbitrary sequence of offstage dodges, both unanticipated and largely unexplained. And yet it remains the favorite play of many readers, and it certainly has many of Shakespeare’s best-loved characters and most renowned speeches. Harold Bloom pronounced Rosalind his favorite Shakespeare character, and it’s very hard to disagree.

The play is a treasure-trove of thematic material, but chief among them the issue of concealment as a form of revelation, and the temporary journey outward (here, into the woods) as an inward journey of self-discovery. The play also catalogues the varieties of romantic love:

The different versions of the play may emphasize each of these points differently.