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This collection has revolutionized the teaching of Shakespeare. as the preeminent production of every Shakespeare play written, performances featured in these productions would otherwise be seen only by the theater elite, in London or New York.
When the BBC first undertook this six-year project, it became the most ambitious undertaking ever attempted on film. This was the first time in the 400 years since they were written that all 37 plays would be preserved on tape. Produced by Cedric Messina and Dr. Jonathan Miller, it includes performances by Britain's most distinguished theatrical talent, John Gielgud,Ben Kingsley,Claire Bloom, Anthony Hopkins, Michael York and Derek Jacobi.
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- All's Well That Ends Well
Here Shakespeare uses one of his favorite devices-trickery in a plot relished by Elizabethan playgoers. The young countess resorts to chicanery to win her husband's respect. Starring Ian Charleson, Angela Down and Celia Johnson. 141 minutes.
- Antony And Cleopatra
She's called the most fascinating female character of any age. The remarkable characterization of Cleopatra has made this sequel to Julius Caesar a timeless favorite. The star of this production, Jane Lapotaire, not only looks similar to the coin portraits of the historical Queen of Egypt, but has the range to capture her many facets. 171 minutes.
- As You Like It
Shakespeare at his sunniest, posing serious questions in the most Lighthearted tone. Is there a "natural difference" between a duke's daughter and a commoner? Are men really stronger than women? Or is it just society's roles? Stars Helen Mirren, Brian Stirner and Richard Pasco. 150 minutes.
- The Comedy of Errors
Roger Daltrey, lead singer of "The Who," described studying Shakespeare in school as "like having a tooth pulled." as the star of Shakespeare's shortest play, he makes the viewer's experience far more pleasurable. Here, twin sons whose servants are also twins, must find their father before sundown, or he will be executed. Costuming, direction and, of course, music, are beautifully handled. l09 minutes.
Director Elijah Moshinsky does "an outstanding job," says the New York Times. Equally impressive is the cast. King Cymbeline's evil second queen tries to force Princess Imogen to many her own son. Starring Claire Bloom, Richard Johnson and Helen Mirren. 174 minutes.
In this richly costumed production, the greatest tragedy ever written maintains all the tension of a murder mystery as it examines the fundamental issues of justice, guilt and death. Hamlet, the most complex of all Shakespeare's characters is considered the greatest challenge for an actor. Derek Jacobi is a superb choice in the rigorous tradition of Shakespearian acting. 222 minutes.
- Henry IV, Part I
- Henry IV, Part II
- Henry V
- Henry VI, Part I
The first of a trilogy, recreating King Henry's early days. In the war with France England is being driven off French soil. True to the popular view at the time, Joan of are is characterized as a "minister of hell" and a wanton. We glimpse the beginning of the long civil wars between the Houses of York and Lancaster. Starring Peter Benson, Trevor Peacock. 185 minutes.
- Henry VI, Part II
- Henry VI, Part III
In this conclusion to the era's favorite historical plays, York wins the War of Roses and forces Henry to give him succession to the crown. The merciless Margaret captures York and taunts him before having him killed. Starring Peter Benson, Bernard Hill. 210 minutes.
- Henry VIII
- Julius Caesar
Breaking dramatic conventions, Shakespeare creates neither a clear-cut hero nor a Villain. Instead, this great tragedy presents complicated human beings in agonizing conflict with one another, and themselves. Starring Richard Pasco, Keith Michell and Charles Gray as Caesar. 161 minutes.
- King Lear
- King John
- Love's Labour's Lost
- Measure for Measure
The trickiest sort of play - a comedy with tragic relief. With her brother condemned to die for the crime of premarital sex, Isabella is torn between her vows to God and her desire to save him. The New York Times says "Kate Nelligan is the image of idealized faultlessness." 145 minutes.
- The Merchant of Venice
- The Merry Wives of Windsor
Queen Elizabeth herself is said to have requested the return of Falstaff... supposedly she wanted to see him in love. What Shakespeare gave Her Majesty instead was Falstaff's attempt to recoup his fortunes by seducing two respectable wives of affluent Windsor husbands. This most amiable play depicts the sturdy middle class, rarely found amid Shakespeare's milieu of aristocrats. Stars Ben Kingsley, Richard Griffiths. 167 minutes.
- A Midsummer Night's Dream
“Set your heart at rest: The fairy land buys not the child of me.” – Titania
An extraordinary production of an enduring comedy. The strong cast features Helen Mirren and Peter McEnery, Pippa Guard, Brian Glover and Phil Daniels. as the New York Times states "they are all accomplished performers, but the director has given the extra dimension of using them brilliantly in terms of television." 112 minutes.
- Much Ado About Nothing
A spirited production of the first of Shakespeare's three great romantic comedies. The sparring wit of the confirmed bachelor, Benedick and the haughty lady Beatrice seems to delight audiences more every year. Starring Robert Lindsay and Cherie Lunghi. 120 minutes.
- Richard II
- Richard III
- Romeo and Juliet
- The Taming of the Shrew
John Cleese, of Monty Python, portrays Petruchio to unanimous acclaim: "an object lesson in serving Shakespeare to a present-day audience." This comic confrontation between the sexes is filled with sparkling wit and rich characterization. 127 minutes.
- The Tempest
- Timon of Athens
- Titus Andronicus
- Troilus And Cressida
- Twelfth Night
- Two Gentlemen of Verona
- The Winter's Tale
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"Shakespeare Would Be Amused...by the care, money, time and talent that are being lavished on the mammoth task of producing all 37 of his plays..."- TV Guide