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

1922: Dimitri Buchowetzki

1952/1955: Orson Welles

1965: Stuart Burge

1981: Jonathan Miller

1981: Frank Melton

1989: Janet Suzman

1990: Trevor Nunn

1995: Oliver Parker

2007: Wilson Milam

2015: Iqbal Khan, Robin Lough


1992: Nikolai Serebryakov (animated)

2001: “O”

2001: Othello

2006: Omkara


2015: Shakespeare Uncovered, Season 2, Episode 3

2001: Geoffrey Sax

This is an adaptation of Othello, not a version of it at all. It is a modern drama set in and around Scotland Yard, where John Othello (Eamonn Walker, who later played Othello with the Globe) is able to help quell high racial tensions, and is promoted to police commissioner in consequence. His star seems to be rising, but he is beset by Neo-Nazis who threaten him and his wife; accordingly an officer named Michael Cass is detailed to keep an eye on her, whence the obvious complications. Othello’s apparently faithful friend and advisor Ben Jago (Christopher Eccleston — a quondam Doctor Who) feeds him provocative advice, and the whole unfolds more or less as one would expect it to do, in the context of the referential plot. It does not end well for Othello or his faithful wife; one interesting twist is that Ben Jago at the end of the movie succeeds him as commissioner of police, and suffers no apparent negative consequence. Through the course of the play, he’s shown more or less as a sociopath, apparently himself in love with Othello but untrammeled by conscience. A feature of Shakespeare’s play that is preserved and brought to the fore is the tendency of Iago to keep up a running commentary with the audience in his asides. It’s well played, with some A-list actors, and nicely produced. I’m not sure it particularly adds anything to the understanding of Shakespeare’s play beyond a few marginal points, and I would caution parents and teachers about it with respect to adult content.

Alma Carver: Michelle Newell

Ben Jago: Christopher Eccleston

Billy Coates: Morgan Johnson

Chief Superintendent: Tim Faraday

Dessie Brabant: Keeley Hawes

Doctor: Carlton Jarvis

Estelle: Anna Niland

Functionary: Nick Ewans

Geoffrey: Carl McCrystal

Home Secretary: Nicholas Gecks

James Brabant: Joss Ackland

Jim Gordon: Gerrard McArthur

John Othello: Eamonn Walker

Lulu: Rachael Stirling

Michael Cass: Richard Coyle

News Reader: Jon Snow

Newspaper Editor: Tim Frances

PC Adey: Christopher Fox

PC Alan Roderick: Del Synnott

PC Gaunt: Patrick Myers

PC Stiller: Allan Cutts

Photographer: Phillip Lester

Photographer: Timothy Birkett

PM’s Wife: Laura Girling

Prime Minister: John Harding

Prosecuting Counsel: Claire Oberman

Sinclair Carver: Bill Paterson

Thug: Howard Coggins

Tommy Rogers: Andrew Charleson

TV Chairman: Bob Friend

Woman in Crowd: Samantha McDonald