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Shakespeare: The Animated Tales

This 12 part series presents skillful, short adaptations of the Bard's best loved plays. The series includes the voices of Huge Grant, Brian Cox, Alec McCowen, Linus Roache, Zoë Wanamaker, and many more.
  • Title ID 72-SHA
  • English, English Literature, Shakespeare
  • 12 Programs
  • 1 Supplemental File
  • 10th Grade through Post Secondary
  • Released in 2004 by S4C Rhyngwladol CYF/BBC
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Included Programs
Supplemental Files
Reviews

Included Programs

The TempestRunning time is 26 minutes

This is a William Shakespeare Comedy with the characters Prospero, Miranda, Antonio and Ariel.

A Midsummer Night's DreamRunning time is 26 minutes

This is a William Shakespeare Comedy with the characters Lysander, Hermia, Helena, Deuretrius and starring Helen Mirren.

As You Like ItRunning time is 25 minutes

This is a William Shakespeare Comedy with the characters Frederick, Rosalind, Orlando and, Celia and starring Helen Mirren.

HamletRunning time is 26 minutes

This is a William Shakespeare tragedy with the characters Claudius, Gertrude and Ophelia, Patrick Stewart and Claire Bloom.

Julius CaesarRunning time is 25 minutes

This is a William Shakespeare tragedy with the characters Octavius, Marcus Antonius, Cicero and Brutus.

King Richard IIIRunning time is 26 minutes

This is a William Shakespeare history with the character Edward.

Romeo and JulietRunning time is 25 minutes

This is a William Shakespeare tragedy with the characters Tybalt, Mercutio, Capulet and Montague and starring Sir John Gielgud.

OthelloRunning time is 25 minutes

This is a William Shakespeare tragedy with the characters Iago and Desdemona and starring Anthony Hopkins and Bob Hoskins.

The Winter's TaleRunning time is 26 minutes

This is a William Shakespeare Comedy with the characters Leontes, Hermione, Perdita and Polixenes.

MacbethRunning time is 26 minutes

This is a William Shakespeare tragedy with the characters Banquo and Macduff.

The Taming of the ShrewRunning time is 26 minutes

This is a William Shakespeare Comedy with the characters Katharine, Petruchio and Bianca and starring John Cleese.

Twelfth NightRunning time is 26 minutes

This is a William Shakespeare Comedy with the characters Viola, Sebastian, Dulce Orsino and Olivia.

Supplemental Files

MARC Records for SHA
MARC records for the series Shakespeare: The Animated Tales

Reviews

Although the series will probably be used by senior high students who won't want to read the play, these abridgments are better than Cliffs Notes, and may be the only Shakespeare that many kids will be exposed to in their early years. So while the lover of literature in me cringes at the lost scenes in the animated tales, the practical side of me is thankful that condensed (but not watered-down) Shakespeare will be available to a much wider audience. Highly recommended.
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