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Henry V
Henry VI, part 1
Henry VI, part 2
Henry VI, part 3
Henry VIII
Julius Caesar
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King Lear
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Measure for Measure
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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

1948: Orson Welles

1954: George Schaefer

1961: Paul Almond

1971: Roman Polanski

1979: Philip Casson

1981: Arthur Allan Seidelman

1983: Jack Gold

1997: Jeremy Freeston

1998: Michael Bogdanov

2001: Gregory Doran

2006: Geoffrey Wright

2009: Colleen Stovall

2010: Rupert Goold

2014: Eve Best


Adaptations

1957: Throne of Blood

1991: Men of Respect

1991: Scotland, PA

1992: Nikolai Serebryakov, Dave Edwards (animated)

1999: Macbeth in Manhattan

2005: ShakespeaRe-Told: Macbeth


Production drama

2003: Slings and Arrows (Season 2)


Educational

2008: This Is Macbeth

2013: Shakespeare Uncovered (Season 1, Ep. 2)


Macbeth
2009: Colleen Stovall

This looks like something made from a college production of the play. As a performance, it’s not really bad, but it’s far from a professional product. The production values of the video (both the images and the audio) are such that they alienate the viewer fairly systematically from what’s going on. The lighting is glaring and monochromatic, almost all the camera shots are from a distance and from the level of (or below) the stage, and the sound is hollow and muddy. One gets the impression that it was an earnest and well-intentioned production, and it deserves credit in that it runs to slightly over two hours — a more substantial treatment than many professional products. It might well have been more engaging in person, but the mechanics of the video takeup are very alienating. A lot of effort was clearly expended on making the fights plausible; personally I find productions that emphasize the dialogue more to the point.

I bought this because it was available on Amazon; it appears to be a publish-on-demand item done by CreateSpace, which is fine, but it’s definitely an amateur operation, and my sense is that it was really not pretending to be anything more. I am not sure whether it is still available, or whether it was made available chiefly for the sake of allowing the participants to get copies for their own memorabilia. I did not gather anything particular from it that would shed a great deal of light on the play, I’d say.


Macbeth: Skye Whitcomb

Lady Macbeth: Meghan Bode

Macduff: Johnny Hightower

Malcolm: Cliff Burgess

Witches; Murderers: Elana Vital, Chris Groom, Jackie Morgan

Ross: Veronique Koch

Lennox: Fernando Bretos

Banquo; Doctor: Andy Jean-Gilles

Angus; Porter: Paul Bloe

Fleance; Young Seward: Marianne Mercy Eisenhart

King Duncan; Servant: Douglas Gonzales

Sergeant; Seyton: Greg Ward

Donaldbain [sic]: Mario Xavier

Lady Macduff; Nurse: Dania K. Aguero

Macduff’s Son: Starr Leavitt

Cathiness [sic]; Siward: Samuel Umoh

Macduff’s Daughter: Molly Eisenhart