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

She’s The Man
2006: Andy Fickman

In the range of modern-teen transpositions of Shakespeare stories, this is one of the better known. It’s perhaps not the worst of them, though nothing else comes to mind that is worse. Viola is a girl who wants to play soccer on the boy’s team, and they won’t let her, so she goes to a nearby boarding school and passes herself off as her brother who is newly enrolled there (but who is conveniently playing hooky to tour with his rock band — by a series of random shenanigans this is all contrived so as to elude his parents). Her roommate is “Duke” Orsino, with whom she forms an instant attachment. A variety of vulgar antics ensue, full of the sexually suggestive, but not quite R-rated, of a sort to amuse libidinous teenagers without much interest in where the story is actually going. In the course of the narrative, she shows that she can be a debutante and a hard-kicking soccer-player as well.

One of the puzzling or amusing byproducts of the movie (depending on where you’re coming from) is the fact that whereas it seems to set out with the agenda of being a feminist piece, showing that a girl can be as good as a guy, it aggressively undercuts itself at almost every turn. In the course of the film, Viola proves herself more than adequate to compete with the boys as a soccer player. As a human being, however, her grotesquely parodic self-presentation as a male is shallow and offensive not just to women but to other guys, and wins her nothing but contempt from the real boys in the film. Duke finds her quite an oddity. Her professed obsession with sex puzzles them. It’s not clear whether the makers of the film have outsmarted themselves, or whether this is an intentional irony. In the long run it probably doesn’t matter much. There’s a point where recursive irony short-circuits itself and expends all its energies in vain.

Clearly the makers of this film saw 10 Things I Hate About You (and perhaps O) and decided that they needed to work the same transformations on a different play, to see whether they could squeeze another golden egg from the same goose. So they chose Twelfth Night. The result shows a superficial understanding of the plot and no awareness of the thematic structure; it is a mechanical, paint-by-number treatment with neither nuance nor interest. It’s not completely horrible, but it’s not particularly interesting or inspired, either. If you want to see much better modern-dress Shakespeare stories (with different dialogue) investigate either 10 Things I Hate About You or O. If you want to see a much better movie about girl’s soccer, watch Bend it Like Beckham.

Andrew : Clifton MaCabe Murray

Announcer: Ken Kirby

Cheryl: Lynda Boyd

Daphne: Julie Hagerty

Dinklage: Vinnie Jones

Donner : Jeffrey Ballard

Duke: Channing Tatum

Eunice: Emily Perkins

Gold: David Cross

Groundskeeper: Mark Acheson

Guy at School: Chad Krowchuk

Justin: Robert Hoffman

Kia: Amanda Crew

Kissing Girl : Tania Saulnier

Malcolm: James Snyder

Maria: Katie Stuart

Monique : Alexandra Breckenridge

Olivia: Laura Ramsey

Passing Girl: Barbara Kottmeier

Paul: Jonathan Sadowski

Pistonek: Robert Torti

Potensky: Colby Wilson

Referee : David Richmond-Peck

Roger : John Pyper-Ferguson

Science Teacher: Patricia Idlette

Screaming Girl : Adrianna Spence

Sebastian: James Kirk

Soccer Player : Michael Kozak

Tall Nerdy Guy: Stuart Cowan

Terrified Child: Michelle Grigor

Toby: Brandon Jay McLaren

Viola: Amanda Bynes

Yvonne: Jessica Lucas