Shakespeare's Staging
Shakespeare Films and Video (Modern Performances: 1837-1998)
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Franco Zeffirelli filmed The Taming of the Shrew (1966), deftly exploiting the relationship of Burton and Taylor. Cleveland Press Collection. Courtesy of The Cleveland Memory Project.




Alexander, Peter, et al., eds. The BBC TV Shakespeare. London: BBC, Mayflower Books, 1978-86. [Series with introductions by John Wilders, on productions by Henry Fenwick, with scripts edited for production.]

Anderegg, Michael. Cinematic Shakespeare. Lanham, MD; Oxford: Rowan & Littlefield, 2004.

Anderegg, Michael. Orson Welles, Shakespeare, and Popular Culture. New York: Columbia University Press, 1999.

Anon. "Does Shakespeare Write Better for Television?" In Is Shakespeare Still Our Contemporary? edited by John Elsom, 114-39. 1989.



Ball, Robert H. Shakespeare on Silent Film: A Strange and Eventful History. New York: Theatre Arts, 1968.

Barton, John. Playing Shakespeare. VHS. Princeton: Films for the Humanities, 1984. [Printed text: London: Methuen, 1984.]

Bauer, Erik, ed. Special issue, "Adapting Shakespeare." Creative Screenwriting 5, no. 2 (1998).

Béchervaise, Neil E., et al., eds. Shakespeare on Celluloid. Rozelle, 1999.

Bennett, S. Performing Nostalgia: Shifting Shakespeare and the Contemporary Past. New York: Routledge, 1996.

Best, Michael, Lisa Hopkins, and R. G. Siemens, eds. Shakespeare on Screen: Special Issue 5. Early Modern Literary Studies 6, no. 1 (May 2000).

Boose, Linda E. and Richard Burt, eds. Shakespeare, the Movie: Popularizing the Plays on Film, TV, and Video. New York: Routledge, 1997.

Brebach, Emily. "From Olivier to Kozintsev: Visual Technique in Transforming Hamlet in Film." PCLS 12 (1981): 67-81.

Brode, Douglas. Shakespeare in the Movies: From the Silent Era to "Shakespeare in Love." New York: Oxford University Press, 2000.

Brusberg-Kiermeir, S. and J. Helbig, eds. Shakespeare in the Media. Frankfurt and New York: Peter Lang, 2005.

Buchman, Lome M. Still in Movement: Shakespeare on Screen. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991.

Buhler, Stephen. Shakespeare in the Cinema: Ocular Proof. Cultural Studies in Cinema/Video. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 2002.

Bulman, J. C., and H. R. Coursen, eds. Shakespeare on Television: An Anthology of Essays and Reviews. Hanover, NH: University Press of New England, 1988.

Burnett, Mark Thornton and Ramona Wray, eds. Shakespeare, Film, Fin de Siécle. New York: St. Martin's Press, 2000.

Burnett, Mark Thornton. Filming Shakespeare in the Global Marketplace. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.

Burt, Richard, and Lynda E. Boose, eds. Shakespeare, the Movie II: Popularizing the Plays on Film, TV, Video, and DVD. London and New York: Routledge, 2003.



Cartmell, Deborah. Interpreting Shakespeare on Screen. New York: St. Martin's Press, 2000.

Champion, Larry S. "Stage, Stage History, Film." The Essential Shakespeare: An Annotated Bibliography of Major Modern Studies, 2nd ed., 51-65. G. K. Hall, Maxwell Macmillan, 1993.

Cohen, Robert. Acting in Shakespeare. Mountain View, CA: Mayfield, 1991.

Collick, John. Shakespeare, Cinema and Society. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1989.

Cook, Hardy M. "Shakespeare on Television: Recognizing What We See." CEA Magazine 4, no. 1 (1991): 5-10.

Coursen, H. R. Shakespeare in Production: Whose History? Athens: Ohio University Press, 1996.

Coursen, H. R. Shakespeare Performance as Interpretation. Newark: Associated University Presses, 1992.

Coursen, H. R. Shakespeare in Space: Recent Shakespeare Productions on Screen. New York: Peter Lang, 2002.

Coursen, Herbert. Shakespeare: The Two Traditions . Madison NJ: Fairleigh Dickenson UP, 1999.

Coursen, H. R. Teaching Shakespeare with Film and Television: A Guide. Greenwood Press, 1997.

Coursen, H. R. Watching Shakespeare on Television. Rutherford: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, Associated University Presses, 1993.

Cross, Brenda, ed. The Film Hamlet: A Record of Its Production. Saturn, 1948.

Crowl, Samuel. Shakespeare Observed: Studies in Performance on Stage and Screen. Athens: Ohio University Press, 1992.



Davies, Anthony. Filming Shakespeare's Plays: The Adaptations of Laurence Olivier, Orson Welles, Peter Brook and Akira Kurosawa. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1988.

Davies, Antony, and Stanley Wells, eds. Shakespeare and the Moving Image: The Plays on Film and Television. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1994.

Dawson, Anthony B. Hamlet. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1995. [Includes chapters on the films directed by Laurence Olivier, Grigori Kozintsev and Franco Zeffirelli, as well as the BBC-TV adaptation.]

Dawson, Anthony. Watching Shakespeare: A Playgoers' Guide. London: MacMillan, 1988.

Dent, Alan, ed. Hamlet: The Film and the Play. World Film Publishers, 1948.

Deutsche Shakespeare-Gesellschaft West: Jahrbuch 1993. Special issue, "Shakespeare and the Media."

Díaz-Fernandez, José Ramón. "Shakespeare on Television: A Bibliography of Criticism." Early Modern Literary Studies 6, no. 1 (May 2000): 4.

Díaz-Fernández, José Ramón. "Shakespeare and Film-Derivatives: A Bibliography." Post Script 17, no. 2 (Winter/Spring 1998): 109-20.

Díaz Fernandez, José Ramón. "Orson Welles's Shakespeare Films: An Annotated Checklist." Shakespeare Bulletin 23 (2005): 113-36.

Díaz Fernandez, José Ramón. "Teen Shakespeare Films: An annotated Survey of Criticism." In Shakespeare Screen Adaptations for the Teen Market, edited by Michael D. Friedman; a special edition of Shakespeare Bulletin 26, no. 2 (2008): 89-133.

Donaldson, Peter S. Shakespearean Films/Shakespearean Directors. Boston: Unwin Hyman, 1990.

Dorval, Patricia. "Shakespeare on Video." Cahiers Élisabéthains 53 (January 1998): 53-75.

Dudley, Andrew. Film in the Aura of Art. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1984.



Eckert Charles W. Focus on Shakespearean Films. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1972.

Everson, William K. American Silent Film. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1978.



France, Richard, ed. Orson Welles on Shakespeare: The W. P. A. and Mercury Theatre Playscripts. New York: Greenwood Press, 1990.

Friedman, Michael D. Shakespeare Screen Adaptations for the Teen Market, a special edition of Shakespeare Bulletin, vol. 26, no. 2 (2008).



Gaertner, Johannes A. "Notes on Costume Design—BBC Teleplays." Shakespeare on Film Newsletter 4, no. 2 (1980): 4.

Grant, Cathy, ed. As You Like It: Audiovisual Shakespeare. London: British Universities Film and Video Council, 1992.

Guntner, J. Lawrence. "Hamlet, Macbeth, and King Lear on Film." In Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare on Film, edited by Russell Jackson, 117-34. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000.



Hallinan, Tim. "Interview: Jonathan Miller on the [BBC] Shakespeare Plays." Shakespeare Quarterly 32 (1981): 134-45.

Hapgood, Robert. Shakespeare the Theater Poet. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1988.

Hardison, O. B. "Shakespeare on Film: The Developing Canon." PCLS 12 (1981): 131-35.

Hatchuel, Sarah. A Companion to the Shakespeare Films of Kenneth Branagh. Winnipeg, Niagra Falls: Blizzard Publishing, 2000.

Henderson, Diana, ed. A Concise Companion to Shakespeare On Screen. Oxford: Blackwell, 2006.

Hodgdon, Barbara. The Shakespeare Trade: Performances and Appropriations. University of Pennsylvania Press, 1998.

Holderness, Graham. "Radical Potentiality and Institutional Closure: Shakespeare on Finn and Television." In Political Shakespeare, edited by Alan Sinfield and Jonathan Dollimore, 182-201. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1985.

Holderness, Graham, with Christopher McCullough. "Shakespeare: a Selective Filmography." In Shakespeare and the Moving Image: the Plays on Film and Television, edited by Stanley Wells and Tony Davies, 18-49. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994.

Holderness, Graham. Visual Shakespeares: Essays in Film and Television. Hatfield: University of Hertfordshire Press, 2002.

Howard, Tony. "Shakespeare on Film and Video." In Shakespeare: An Oxford Guide, edited by Stanley Wells and Lena Cowen Orlin, 2003.

Howlett, Kathy M. Framing Shakespeare on Film. Athens: Ohio University Press, 2000.

Huang, Alexander C. Y., and Charles Ross, eds. Shakespeare in Hollywood, Asia and Cyberspace. West Lafayette, IN: Purdue University Press, 2009.


Ivory, James. Shakespeare Wallah: A Film by James Ivory from a Screenplay by R. Prawer Jhabvala and James Ivory. New York: Grove Press, 1973.



Jackson, Russell. The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare on Film. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000.

Jackson, Russell. Shakespeare Film in the Making: Vision, Production and Reception. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007.

Jorgens, Jack J. Shakespeare on Film. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1977.



Klein, Holger, and Dimiter Daphinoff, eds. Hamlet on Screen. Special edition, Shakespeare Yearbook 8 (1997).

Kliman, Bernice. Hamlet: Film, Television and Audio Performance. Rutherford: Fairleigh Dickenson University Press, 1988.

Kliman, Bernice. Macbeth. Manchester: Manchester University Press.

Kozintsev, Grigori. King Lear: The Space of Tragedy; The Diary of a Film Drama. 1973, translated byMary MacKintosh. Heinemann; University of California Press, 1977.

Kozintsev, Grigori. Shakespeare: Time and Conscience, translated by Joyce Vining. New York: Hill and Wang, 1966; London: Dennis Dobson, 1967.



Lehmann, Courtney. Shakespeare Remains: Theatre to Film, Early Modern to Postmodern. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2002.

Literary Review 22 (1979). Special issue on Mankiewicz's Julius Caesar, Grigori Kozintsev's Hamlet and King Lear, and Akira Kurosawa's Throne of Blood.

Literature/Film Quarterly (Salisbury State University). 1973- , Shakespeare on film issues: 1.4 (1973), 4.2 (1976), 5.4 (1977), 8.4 (1980), 11.3 (1983), 14.4 (1986), 20.4 (1992), 25.2 (1997), and 28.2 (2000).

Loehlin, James N. Henry V. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1996.



MacLiammóir, Micheál. Put Money in Thy Purse: The Filming of Orson Welles's Othello. London: Methuen, 1952. 2nd rev. ed. Methuen, 1976. Rpt. Virgin, 1994.

Manvell, Roger. Shakespeare and the Film. New York: Praeger, 1971.

Manvell, Roger. Theater and Film: A Comparative Study of the Two Dramatic Forms of Dramatic Art, and of the Problems of Adaptations of Stage Plays into Films. Fairleigh Dickinson University Press; Associated University Presses, 1979.

Manvell, Roger, ed. Journal of the Society of Film and Television Arts 37 (Autumn 1969). Special Shakespeare on film and television issue.

Marowitz, Charles. "Cinematizing Shakespeare." Shakespeare Bulletin 22, no. 2 (2004): 67-78.

McLean, Andew M. Shakespeare: Annotated Bibliography and Media Guide for Teachers. Urbana: NCTE, 1980.

McKernan, Luke, and Olwen Terris, eds. Walking Shadows: Shakespeare in the National Film and Television Archive. London: British Film Institute, 1994.

McMurtry, Jo. Shakespeare Films in the Classroom: A Descriptive Guide. Hamden: Archon-Shoe String, 1994.

Melnikoff, Kirk, ed. "Orson Welles and Shakespeare in Film." Special Issue of Shakespeare Bulletin 23, no. 1 (Spring, 2005): 5-112.

Miller, Jonathan. Subsequent Performances. Faber and Faber; Elisabeth Sifton/Viking, 1986.

Morris, Peter, ed. Shakespeare on Film. Ottowa: Canadian Film Institute, 1972.

Mullin, Michael. "Tony Richardson's Hamlet: Script and Screen." Literature/Film Quarterly 4, no. 2 (1976): 123-33.



Naremore, James. The Magic World of Orson Welles. Oxford University Press, 1978. Revised edition, Dallas: Southern Methodist University Press, 1989.

Nowell-Smith, Geoffrey, ed. Oxford History of World Cinema. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996.

Nunn, Trevor. William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night: A Screenplay. London: Methuen, 1996.



Olivier, Laurence. "Shakespeare on Film." In On Acting, 267-310. Weidenfeld and Nicolson; Simon and Schuster, 1986.



Parker, Barry M. The Folger Shakespeare Filmography: A Directory of Feature Films Based on the Works of Shakespeare. Washington: Folger Books, 1979.

Pilkington, Ace G. Screening Shakespeare From "Richard II" to "Henry V." Newark: University of Delaware Press, 1991.



Quinn, Edward, ed. The Shakespeare Hour: A Companion to the PBS-TV Series. New American Library, 1986.



Richmond, Hugh M., producer. Shakespeare and the Globe. Video Documentary by Media Services, UCB. Princeton: Films for the Humanities, 1986.

Richmond, Hugh M., producer. Shakespeare's Globe Restored: Teaching by Performance. Media Services, UCB. Distributor: TMW Media, 1998.

Richmond, Hugh M. Shakespeare: the Spanish Connection. Video Documentary, by Media Services, UCB. Distributor: TMW Media, 2007.

Richmond, Hugh Macrae. "Shakespeare on Film. Angles of Vision: Recording Much Ado at the Restored Globe Theatre." Shakespeare Bulletin 15 (1997): 31-33.

Ross, Harris. Film as Literature, Literature as Film: An Introduction to and Bibliography of Film's Relationship to Literature. Bibliographies and Indexes in World Literature 10. New York: Greenwood Press, 1987.

Rothwell, Kenneth S. Shakespeare on Screen: A Century of Film and Television, second edition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004.

Rothwell, Kenneth S., and Annabelle Henkin Melzer. Shakespeare on Screen: An International Filmography and Videography. New York: Neal-Schuman, 1990.

Rothwell, Kenneth S. Early Shakespeare Movies: How the Spurned Spawned Art. International Shakespeare Association Occasional Paper no. 8. Clouds Hill Printers, 2000.



Sales, Roger, ed. Shakespeare in Perspective, 2 vols. London: Ariel Books (BBC), 1982 and 1985.

Sammons, Eddie. Shakespeare: A Century of Film. London: Shepheard Walwyn, 2000.

The Shakespeare Plays. New York: Mayflower Books (BBC/Time-Life), 1979.

Shakespeare Bulletin (journal)

Shakespeare in the Classroom, (journal)

Shakespeare Quarterly, (journal)

Shakespeare on Film Newsletter (journal)

Shakespeare Survey (journal)

Shaughnessy, Robert, ed. Shakespeare on Film: A Casebook. New York: St Martin's Press, 1998.

Silviria, Dale. Laurence Olivier and the Art of Film Making. Cranbury, N. J.: Associated Univ. Presses, 1985.

Skovmand, Michael, ed., Screen Shakespeare, Aarhus; Aahrus University Press, 1994.

Sinyard, Neil. "'In My Mind's Eye': Shakespeare on the Screen." In Filming Literature: The Art of Screen Adaptation, 1-24. Croom Helm, 1986.

Skovmand, Michael, ed. Screen Shakespeare. David Brown Book Co., 1994.

Starks, Lisa S., ed. Special Issue: Shakespeare and Film – Adaptations. Post Script: Essays in Film and the Humanities 17, no. 1 (Fall 1997).

Starks, Lisa S., ed. Special Issue: Shakespeare and Film – Derivatives and Variations. Post Script: Essays in Film and the Humanities 17, no. 2 (Winter/Spring 1997).



Thomson, David. Rosebud: the Story Orson Welles. New York: Alfred Knopf, 1996.



UCB Library. "Shakespeare on Film and Video: Books and Articles in the UC Berkeley Library".

Uricchio, William and Roberta E. Pearson. Reframing Culture: The Case of the Vitagraph Quality Films. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1993.



Vardac, A. Nicholas. Stage to Screen: Theatrical Method from Garrick to Griffith. New York: Benjamin Blom, 1968.



Weiss, Tanja. Shakespeare on the Screen: Kenneth Branagh's Adaptations of "Henry V," "Much Ado about Nothing" and "Hamlet." Peter Lang, 1999.

Wells, Stanley, ed. Shakespeare Survey 39 (1987). Special volume on Shakespeare on film, television, and radio.

Willis, Susan. The BBC Shakespeare Plays: Making the Televised Canon. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1991.

Willson, Robert F., Jr. Shakespeare in Hollywood, 1929-1956. Madison: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2000.



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Yutkevitch, Sergei. Othello, (with Sergei Bondarchuk as Othello; 1955/108m) distributed by The Picture Palace, PO Box 281, Caldwell, NJ 07006.



Zeffirelli, Franco. The Autobiography of Franco Zeffirelli. New York: Weidefeld and Nicholson, 1986.

Zeffirelli, Franco. "Filming Shakespeare." In Staging Shakespeare: Seminars on Production Problems, edited by Glenn Loney, 239-70. New York: Garland, 1990.


For more discussion of media treatment of individual plays check bibliographies for each title in the next section of Performance Bibliographies.

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