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A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Much Ado About Nothing
Othello
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Richard II
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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
Shakespeareana

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
1978: Basil Coleman

This is the BBC Television Shakespeare version of the play. It is nearly complete and it also features some of the best production values represented anywhere in the series — still far short of a well-produced contemporary film, but eminently watchable. It is filmed largely outdoors, rather than on a soundstage, and the result is something more colored with realism than the typical element of this series of productions. The forests have real trees, the fires have real flames, and the shepherds have real sheep. The fact that this is all emerging in a place that is, to large measure, a kind of metaphorical place of otherness — a symbolic locus amoenus — only adds to the interest of the production.

All the parts are covered at least competently, and generally engagingly — both brothers, both dukes, the various pairs of lovers, etc., are quite good. There are a few standouts, however: the production features an extraordinary Jaques, and also the remarkable Helen Mirren in her prime, in the pivotal role of Rosalind. Her performance (like her Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream) is subtle, intelligent, and occasionally ambiguously menacing. Rosalind is offstage for much of the first part of the play, and the timing sags and lags a little when she’s out of view (except in the scenes involving Jaques); but the latter half of the play is energetic and completely involving.


Adam: Arthur Hewlett

Amiens: Tom McDonnell

Audrey: Marilyn Le Conte

Celia: Angharad Rees

Charles: David Prowse

Corin: David Lloyd Meredith

Dennis: Chris Sullivan

Duke Frederick: Richard Easton

Duke Senior’s Lord: Carl Forgione

Duke Senior’s Lord: Max Harvey

Duke Senior: Tony Church

Hymen: John Moulder-Brown

Jaques de Boys: Paul Bentall

Jaques: Richard Pasco

Le Beau: John Quentin

Oliver: Clive Francis

Orlando: Brian Stirner

Page: Barry Holden

Page: Paul Phoenix

Palace Lord: Mike Lewin

Palace Lord: Peter A. Tullo

Phebe: Victoria Plucknett

Rosalind: Helen Mirren

Silvius: Maynard Williams

Sir Oliver Martext: Timothy Bateson

Touchstone: James Bolam

William: Jeffrey Holland