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All’s Well That Ends Well
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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
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
1983: Sam Levene, Herb Roland

This is part of the so-called Shakespeare Collection, a three-play set (including also Romeo and Juliet, 1993 and The Taming of the Shrew, 1988), all of which are filmed versions of stage productions at the Canadian Stratford festival. In the videotape releases, the manufacturing quality is quite poor, with skips and flickers of one sort and another, and a slow-speed color-bleeding image. The DVD is easier to watch.

The performance itself is quite good. The real winning roles are the always-intriguing Rosalind, and Lewis Gordon as Touchstone. The whole production is strong, coherent, and alive with that peculiar electricity that tends to happen in live stage performance more than on film. It’s also cut relatively little, if at all — definitely worth seeing.


Celia: Rosemary Dunsmore

Duke Senior: William Needles

Jacques: Nicholas Pennell

Orlando: Andrew Gillies

Phebe: Mary Haney

Rosalind: Roberta Maxwell

Sylverius: John Jarvis

Touchstone: Lewis Gordon