Shakespeare in Yemen

Hazaber, Amin; Hennessey, Katherine 2018

In a land ravaged by strife and violence, actors and poets search for hope and inspiration in the words of the world’s greatest playwright. In this short documentary, Yemeni actors and actresses perform some of Shakespeare’s most famous lines, and a Yemeni poet recites a qasidah inspired by a Shakespearean sonnet. Why Shakespeare? Why Yemen, and why now? Watch and find out. Read More

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Al-Shamma, James 2013

A Midsummer Night’s Dream was directed by James Al-Shamma at the University Playhouse, Texas A&M University-Commerce in Texas. The production ran for two hours and 8 minutes and was performed in English February 19-23 at 8:00 PM and February 24 at 3:00 PM, 2013. Read More

The Tale of Lear

Suzuki, Tadashi 1988

The Tale of Lear, directed by Tadashi Suzuki whose experimental and provocative Trojan Women received critical acclaim at the 1986 Chicago International Theatre Festival Read More

The Speaker’s Progress (Twelfth Night)

Al-Bassam, Sulayman 2011

The Speaker’s Progress uses Twelfth Night as a starting point to explore events in the Middle East, transforming Shakespeare’s comedy into a satire on the decades of political inertia that have fed recent revolts across the Arab region and a daring theatrical metaphor for the mechanisms of dissent. Read More

Ur-Hamlet

Barba, Eugenio 2006

Ur-Hamlet is a multicultural project by Odin Teatret: a performance that brings together the Odin Teatret ensemble, a group of actor-dancers from Bali, Japan, Brazil, musicians from different parts of the world, and a long-term pedagogical project for young trainees from all over the world. Read More

The Tempest

Taymor, Julie 2010

In Julie Taymor’s version of ‘The Tempest,’ the gender of Prospero has been switched to Prospera. Going back to the 16th or 17th century, women practicing the magical arts of alchemy were often convicted of witchcraft. In Taymor’s version, Prospera is usurped by her brother and sent off with her four-year daughter on a ship. She ends up on an island; it’s a tabula rasa: no society, so the mother figure becomes a father figure to Miranda. This leads to the power struggle and balance between Caliban and Prospera; a struggle not about brawn, but about intellect. Read More

Macbeth

Goldberg, Andrew; Tiffany, John 2012

From the National Theatre of Scotland comes a one-man production of William Shakespeare’s play Macbeth. Directed by John Tiffany and Andrew Goldberg, this re-imagined production is set in a psychiatric unit. This performance is approximately one hour and 45 minutes, with no intermission. Read More

World Shakespeare Festival

2012

The Globe to Globe Festival ran from 23 April to 9 June 2012 as part of the World Shakespeare Festival, itself part of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad during the summer Olympic Games in London. The theme of the London Olympics opening ceremony was “Isles of Wonder”, inspired by William Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Read More

Chimes At Midnight

Welles, Orson 1965

Orson Welles’s Chimes at Midnight is a pastiche of the Falstaff plays. The film reorganizes dialogue from these texts to reposition Falstaff (played by Welles) as a tragic hero lamenting the loss of his youth. Kenneth Rothwell explains that, as a tragic hero, Falstaff acquires a tragic flaw: “the disease of ‘not listening’” or not understanding Hal’s rhetorical language (86). Though Chimes initially received poor reviews (Anderegg 137), the film is now regarded as an insightful adaptation that explores themes of nostalgia, power, greed, ambition, language, and friendship. Read More

Hamlet

Gielgud, John 1964

Richard Burton’s Hamlet is a 1964 filmed record of the Broadway production of William Shakespeare’s tragedy that played from April 9 through August 8 of that year at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. Read More

Romeo and Juliet

Chen, Lincang 2008

In the Spring of 2008, visiting director Chen Lincang of the National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts in Beijing worked with students at the Binghamton University Theatre Department to stage a production of Romeo and Juliet. The result was a new interpretation of the play performed in English, but in the beijing opera style.

For more details about this production, please read this article.

Visit this gallery of production stills.

The Taming of the Shrew

Chung, Hsing-lin Tracy 2003

The English version of Hsing-lin Tracy Chung’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s comedy The Taming of the Shrew premiered April 11-12 and 15-19, 2003 at the Ace Morgen Theatre in Granville, Ohio. Read More

Romeo Must Die

Bartkowiak, Andrzej 2000 | 4 Comments

Romeo Must Die is a 2000 film about a gang war that breaks out between an African American gang and an Asian gang in Oakland, CA. The plot is similar to that of Romeo and Juliet and featured famed martial arts star Jet Li and singer Aaliyah in her first movie debut. Read More

Mississippi Masala

Nair, Mira 1991 | One Comment

Mississippi Masala is a 1991 film inspired by Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet about the interracial romance between an African American man and an Indian American woman in rural Mississippi. Read More

The Red Violin

Girard, F. 1998

Film in which Shakespeare is cited and an episode is set during the Chinese Cultural Revolution. Read More

Tombstone

Cosmatos, George P. 1993

An excerpt from the Saint Crispin’s Day speech from Henry V is performed by Mr. Fabian, played by Billy Zane, during the film. Read More

Elsinore

Lepage, Robert 1997

Elsinore is based on Hamlet. Created and directed by Robert Lepage. Performed by Peter Darling. Sets by Carl Fillion.

Detailed performance record for this production can be found at the Canadian Adaptations of Shakespeare website.

The script for Elsinore is available from this webpage.