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

Available versions

1960: George Schaefer

1979: Derek Jarman

1980: John Gorrie

1982: Herb Roland

1983: William Woodman

2011: Julie Taymor

2012: Des McAnuff

2013: Jeremy Herrin


1956: Forbidden Planet

1982: Tempest

1998: The Tempest

1991: Prospero’s Books

1992: Stanislav Sokolov, Dave Edwards (animated)


2013: Shakespeare Uncovered (Season 1, Ep. 4)

The Tempest
1980: John Gorrie

This is the BBC entry into the range of filmed versions of The Tempest, and by rights it should be great. It includes such luminaries of the British stage and film as Michael Hordern and Nigel Hawthorne; Pippa Guard plays Miranda.

For all that, to my eye, somehow the magic is lost, and it has to be one of the most tedious productions in the whole lineup of filmed Tempests or, for that matter, the whole BBC collection (The Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare), some of which are brilliant, and some of which are apparently just included to complete the set. The sets are unnecessarily monochromatic, and their eye-wearying effect is enhanced by the tepid color-balance of the transfer from aging videotape.

The version is available from Documentary Video directly as a single item, or as part of the boxed set of five Shakespeare Comedies, which can be purchased new or used through Amazon. It is probably available for rent or from libraries here and there, either on videotape or DVD.

Adrian: Christopher Bramwell

Alonso: David Waller

Antonio: Derek Godfrey

Ariel: David Dixon

Boatswain: Kenneth Gilbert

Caliban: Warren Clarke

Ceres: Elizabeth Gardner

Ferdinand: Christopher Guard

Francisco: Paul Greenhalgh

Gonzalo: John Nettleton

Iris: Judith Rees

Juno: Gwyneth Lloyd

Master: Edwin Brown

Miranda: Pippa Guard

Prospero: Michael Hordern

Sebastian: Alan Rowe

Spirit: Arthur Sweet

Spirit: Benard Jamieson

Spirit: David Hepburn

Spirit: George Fechter

Spirit: John Alasdair

Spirit: Kate Castle

Spirit: Leonie Palette

Spirit: Marion Betzold

Spirit: Pierre Althoff

Spirit: Rodney James

Spirit: Roland Brine

Spirit: Terry John Bates

Stephano: Nigel Hawthorne

Trinculo: Andrew Sachs