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

1948: Laurence Olivier

1964: Philip Saville

1964: Bill Colleran, John Gielgud

1964: Grigori Kozintsev

1969: Tony Richardson

1976: Celestino Coronada

1980: Rodney Bennett

1990: Kevin Kline

1990: Franco Zeffirelli

1996: Kenneth Branagh

2000: Michael Almereyda

2000: Campbell Scott, Eric Simonson

2002: Peter Brook

2003: Michael Mundell

2007: Alexander Fodor

2009: Simon Bowler

2009: Gregory Doran

2011: Bruce Ramsay

2014: Adam Hall

2015: Sarah Frankcom, Margaret Williams

2015: Dick Douglass, Obie Dean

2016: Jennifer Nicole Stang

2016: Simon Godwin

2016: Antoni Cimolino and Shelagh O’Brien

2018: Federay Holmes, Elle White

2018: Robert Icke, Rhodri Huw, Ilinca Radulian


1992: Natalya Orlova, Dave Edwards (animated)

2004: Hamlet (opera, Ambroise Thomas)

Production drama

2003: Slings and Arrows (Season 1)


1990: Discovering Hamlet

2010: This is Hamlet

2013: Shakespeare Uncovered (Season 1, Ep. 6)


1990: Rosencrantz and Guildernstern are Dead

1994: Royal Deceit

2008: Hamlet 2

2014: Hamlet A.D.D.

2017: Ophelia (short)

2018: Ophelia

Hamlet (Shakespeare: the Animated Tales)
1992: Natalya Orlova, Dave Edwards

This is one of a series of reduced versions of Shakespeare plays set to a variety of animations. They are far too abridged to be considered regular versions of the plays; they are seldom longer than half an hour. At the same time, the language is all Shakespeare’s, and the animation is generally supportive of what’s going on. The animation styles represented in the series are extremely varied.

None of these runs over half an hour, and of course with a play like Hamlet, that’s a degree of truncation that makes a very different matter of the play. Still, the main speeches are represented, and the text (such as there is) is still Shakespeare’s own.

The animation for this one is dominantly black and white, and while the art itself is fairly successful, the animation is rather stilted. The voice acting is quite successful.

(Voice only)

Narrator (voice): Michael Kitchen

Hamlet (voice): Nicholas Farrell

Claudius; The Ghost (voice): John Shrapnel

Gertrude (voice): Susan Fleetwood

Ophelia (voice): Tilda Swinton

Polonius (voice): John Warner

Horatio (voice): Dorien Thomas

Laertes (voice): Andrew Wincott