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

1916: Ernest C. Warde

1953: Andrew McCullough

1971: Peter Brook

1971: Grigori Kozintsev (Korol Lir)

1974: Edwin Sherin

1976: Tony Davenall

1982: Jonathan Miller

1982: Alan Cooke

1983: Michael Elliott

1998: Richard Eyre

1999: Brian Blessed

2008: Trevor Nunn

2015: Antoni Cimolino

2016: Gregory Doran, Robin Lough

2017: Nancy Meckler, Ian Russell

2018: Alexander Barnett

2018: Richard Eyre


1985: Ran

1987: King Lear

1997: A Thousand Acres

2000: The King is Alive

2002: King of Texas

Production drama

2003: Slings and Arrows (Season 3)


2015: Shakespeare Uncovered, Season 2, Episode 6

King Lear
1985: Ran

This is a Japanese version of the Lear story, with sons instead of daughters. It’s a magnificent example of a cultural transposition of the fundamental story that works despite the enormous gap implicit. It’s a gigantic film, with the kind of austere gravity one finds only in the best western productions. It is not Kurosawa’s first attempt to work with Shakespeare: his earlier black and white Throne of Blood (lurid and sensationalistic as the title may sound) is in some ways one of the finest tonal expressions of Macbeth ever made. Of course in both cases, the language of the original is lost: they are in Japanese. But they are both a kind of testimony to the universality of the stories Shakespeare has built.

Jiro Masatora Ichimonji: Jinpachi Nezu

Kageyu Ikoma: Kazuo Kato

Koyata Hatakeyama: Takeshi Katô

Kyoami: Peter

Lady Kaede: Mieko Harada

Lady Sué: Yoshiko Miyazaki

Lord Hidetora Ichimonji: Tatsuya Nakadai

Mondo Naganuma: Toshiya Ito

Nobuhiro Fujimaki: Hitoshi Ueki

Saburo Naotora Ichimonji: Daisuke Ryu

Samon Shirane: Kenji Kodama

Seiji Ayabe: Jun Tazaki

Shumenosuke Ogura: Norio Matsui

Shuri Kurogane: Hisashi Igawa

Tango Hirayama: Masayuki Yui

Taro Takatora Ichimonji: Akira Terao

Tsurumaru : Mansai Nomura