Shakespeare Plays Available in Video Format
Scholars Online Educational Resources


All’s Well That Ends Well
Antony and Cleopatra
As You Like It
The Comedy of Errors
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
Measure for Measure
The Merchant of Venice
The Merry Wives of Windsor
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Much Ado About Nothing
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


1998: Shakespeare in Love


1982: Acting Shakespeare

1982: Playing Shakespeare

1999: Shakespeare’s Women and Claire Bloom

2004: In Search of Shakespeare

2005: The Hobart Shakespeareans

2005: Shakespeare Behind Bars

2011: Shakespeare High

2013: Shakespeare Uncovered

Shakespeare Uncovered
2013–2015: Misc.

A series of one-hour studies of various aspects of Shakespeare’s plays; these are remarkably penetrating as a rule. They bring in a wide range of scholars and theater people for interviews, and present a variety of perspectives on particular plays and the broad spectrum of Shakespeare studies. There are so far two seasons (2013 and 2015). I hope there will be more.

The episodes of the first season (2013) are:

  1. The Comedies with Joely Richardson: chiefly on the roles of women in the Shakespeare comedies; a very penetrating discussion.
  2. Macbeth with Ethan Hawke: not the best of these, to my thinking, but contains some thoughtful ideas about Macbeth.
  3. Richard II with Derek Jacobi: remarkable, both in the depth of penetration of the play itself, and in embodying Jacobi’s own perspectives on his BBC Shakespeare performance of Richard II thirty years ago.
  4. The Tempest with Trevor Nunn: an intriguing perspective on the play from one of the most consistent innovators of the last two generations; not perhaps as penetrating as some of the others, at least in regard to the totality of the play, but still quite intriguing.
  5. Henry IV Parts 1 and 2, Henry V with Jeremy Irons: quite remarkable. Irons had just recently come from playing the role of Henry IV in the two Henry IV plays forThe Hollow Crown, and his understanding of the character is remarkable. He also has a number of penetrating things to say about Henry V and its view of war in theater and in history.
  6. Hamlet with David Tennant: from one of the finest actors to have played the role, a nuanced look at the character and (interestingly) what it’s like to play him on stage.

The episodes of the second season (2015) are:

  1. The Taming of the Shrew with Morgan Freeman: Freeman pitches The Taming of the Shrew as the most compelling of Shakespeare’s comedies, despite its political incorrectness, and as the prototype of every Hollywood “screwball comedy” ever made.
  2. Romeo and Juliet with Joseph Fiennes: Fiennes, who played Shakespeare and Romeo in Shakespeare in Love, digs into the play, its construction, and its contemporary applicability.
  3. Othello with David Harewood: an intense personal investigation of the character of Othello in the context of the play by an actor who played Othello on stage in London, interleaved with perspectives from other productions.
  4. A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Hugh Bonneville: this principally explores why audiences seem to have found A Midsummer Night’s Dream so immediately engaging, perhaps beyond any other of Shakespeare’s plays.
  5. Antony and Cleopatra with Kim Cattrall: a very thoughtful exploration of the play as both a human and political document, with discussions with famous actresses who have played the role of Cleopatra. Also shows a little interior footage of the recently-completed Blackfriars Theatre next to the rebuilt Globe.
  6. King Lear with Christopher Plummer: Love and the power of those who fall. A very personal glimpse into the play from the perspective of Plummer himself and a few others who have played the role of Lear, or roles close to him (especially Cordelia). Also contains a fascinating glimpse of the Nahum Tate revision of the play popular from about 1700 till 1838.

Claudius; Ghost of Hamlet’s Father; John of Gaunt; Macbeth: Patrick Stewart

Falstaff: Anthony Quayle

Ferdinand: Michael Benz

Gertrude: Eileen Herlie

Gertrude: Glenn Close

Hal, Henry V: David Gwillim

Hamlet: Mel Gibson

Henry V: Kenneth Branagh

Henry V: Laurence Olivier

Henry V; Himself: Tom Hiddleston

Herself: Harriet Walter

Herself: Helen Mirren

Herself: Joely Richardson

Himself: Orson Welles

Himself; Host; Hamlet: David Tennant

Himself; Richard II: Derek Jacobi

Himself: David Warner

Himself: Ethan Hawke

Himself: Jeremy Irons

Himself: Jude Law

Himself: Trevor Nunn

John of Gaunt: John Gielgud

Lady Macbeth: Tori Sparks

Macbeth: Jon Finch

Macbeth: Sean Connery

Miranda: Felicity Jones

Miranda: Pippa Guard

Polonius: Felix Aylmer

Prospero: Christopher Plummer

Prospero: Michael Hordern

Richard II: Ben Whishaw

Viola: Jade Anouka