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

1910: Eugene Mullin, Charles Kent

1968: John Sichel

1980: John Gorrie

1986: Alan Erlich

1988: Paul Kafno, Kenneth Branagh

1996: Trevor Nunn

2003: Tim Supple

2012: Barry Avrich

2014: Tim Carroll


1992: Mariya Muat, Dave Edwards (animated)

2006: She’s The Man


2006: Shakespeare in Love

Twelfth Night
1980: John Gorrie

This is the BBC Complete Dramatic Works entry into the field, and like the best of those productions, it is (within the limits imposed by its budget and cinematic style) one of the best of the lot. While it is a limited cinematic production rather than a more lavish location shoot, it makes creative use of attractive sets and costumes (preserving a roughly Elizabethan/Jacobean setting), but, as always, its real worth comes from its many outstanding performances.

All the major roles are carried off more or less flawlessly, but special mention must be made of Sinéad Cusack’s great-souled Olivia and Felicity Kendal’s winning and sympathetic Viola. Robert Lindsay slides into the relatively minor role of Fabian with good form, though he is a leading actor in many of the other BBC productions (Much Ado About Nothing among others). Alec McCowen presents a more sympathetic Malvolio than most of the others I have seen, though I think that it is probably not as nuanced, as, say, that of Nicholas Pennell in the 1986 version (Alan Erlich). Trevor Peacock, whom some may have seen as the title character in the BBC Titus Andronicus, or as the dithery Jim Trott in The Vicar of Dibley, plays Feste with great panache — he is definitely one of the best I have seen, though it is a part that seems to bring out the best in actors, and he has a lot of good company. I personally find Clive Arrindel’s Orsino less engaging: it may be entirely a directorial decision, but here he projects a hauteur that makes him harder to connect with, at least from my perspective.

Like most of the BBC products, this is also complete, or nearly so — little of Shakespeare’s dialogue falls through the cracks. In sum, I would rank this as a superior production, and definitely a good place to start if one wants to see several versions.

Antonio: Maurice Roëves

Curio: Ryan Michael

Fabian: Robert Lindsay

Feste: Trevor Peacock

First Officer: Andrew MacLachlan

Malvolio: Alec McCowen

Maria: Annette Crosbie

Olivia: Sinéad Cusack

Orsino: Clive Arrindell

Priest: Arthur Hewlett

Sea Captain: Ric Morgan

Sebastian: Michael Thomas

Second Officer: Peter Holt

Servant : Danny Webb

Sir Andrew Aguecheek: Ronnie Stevens

Sir Toby Belch: Robert Hardy

Valentine: Malcolm Reynold

Viola: Felicity Kendal

Waiting Woman: Jean Channon