William Shakespeare

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William Shakespeare (26 April 1564 (baptised) – 23 April 1616) was an English poet, playwright, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon". His extant works, including some collaborations, consist of around 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and a few other verses, of which the authorship of some is uncertain. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.

Most Popular William Shakespeare Trailers

Total trailers found: 244

Romeo + Juliet Trailer (1996)

31 October 1996

In director Baz Luhrmann's contemporary take on William Shakespeare's classic tragedy, the Montagues and Capulets have moved their ongoing feud to the sweltering suburb of Verona Beach, where Romeo and Juliet fall in love and secretly wed.

Macbeth Trailer (2015)

16 August 2015

Feature film adaptation of Shakespeare's Scottish play about General Macbeth whose ambitious wife urges him to use wicked means in order to gain power of the throne over the sitting king, Duncan.

Ran Trailer (1985)

01 June 1985

Set in Japan in the 16th century (or so), an elderly warlord retires, handing over his empire to his three sons.

Romeo & Juliet Trailer (2013)

12 September 2013

In Verona, bad blood between the Montague and Capulet families leads to much bitterness. Despite the hostility, Romeo Montague manages an invitation to a masked ball at the estate of the Capulets and meets Juliet, their daughter.

Hamlet Trailer (1996)

25 December 1996

Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, returns home to find his father murdered and his mother remarrying the murderer, his uncle.

Chimes at Midnight Trailer (1965)

22 December 1965

The career of Shakespeare's Sir John Falstaff as roistering companion to young Prince Hal, circa 1400-1413.

Romeo and Juliet Trailer (1936)

03 September 1936

Scenes of combat that will stir your pulse...tender haunting romance that will stay ever fresh in your memory.

10 Things I Hate About You Trailer (1999)

30 March 1999

Bianca, a tenth grader, has never gone on a date, but she isn't allowed to go out with boys until her older sister Kat gets a boyfriend.

Throne of Blood Trailer (1957)

15 January 1957

Mikio and Washizu are the commanders of the 1st and 2nd Fortress under a local lord, who reigns in the Spiders' Web Castle.

Much Ado About Nothing Trailer (2012)

08 September 2012

A modern retelling of Shakespeare's classic comedy about two pairs of lovers with different takes on romance and a way with words.

Gnomeo & Juliet Trailer (2011)

13 January 2011

A version of Shakespeare's play, set in the world of warring indoor and outdoor gnomes. Garden gnomes Gnomeo and Juliet have as many obstacles to overcome as their quasi namesakes when they are caught up in a feud between neighbors.

Much Ado About Nothing Trailer (1993)

07 May 1993

In this Shakespearean farce, Hero and her groom-to-be, Claudio, team up with Claudio's commanding officer, Don Pedro, the week before their wedding to hatch a matchmaking scheme.

A Midsummer Night's Dream Trailer (2014)

08 September 2014

A film of the NYC stage production directed by Julie Taymor (Film also directed by Julie Taymor)

The Tempest Trailer (2010)

10 December 2010

An adaptation of the play by William Shakespeare. Prospera (a female version of Shakespeare's Prospero) is the usurped ruler of Milan who has been banished to a mysterious island with her daughter.

Titus Trailer (1999)

25 December 1999

Titus Andronicus returns from the wars and sees his sons and daughters taken from him, one by one. Shakespeare's goriest and earliest tragedy.

The Taming of the Scoundrel Trailer (1980)

20 December 1980

A rich farmer is well known for being very unkind. He's misanthropic, misogynous and cantankerous. Until he meets by chance a gorgeous girl.

Coriolanus Trailer (2011)

14 February 2011

Caius Martius, aka Coriolanus, is an arrogant and fearsome general who has built a career on protecting Rome from its enemies.

The Merchant of Venice Trailer (2004)

03 September 2004

In 16th century Venice, when a merchant must default on a large loan from an abused Jewish moneylender for a friend with romantic ambitions, the bitterly vengeful creditor demands a gruesome payment instead.

Richard III Trailer (1955)

13 December 1955

Shakespeare's powerful tale of the wicked deformed king and his conquests, both on the battlefield and in the boudoir.

A Midsummer Night's Dream Trailer (1999)

25 April 1999

Shakespeare's comedy about two couples in love with the wrong partners, and how they are finally brought together rightly, thanks in part to the bungling work of Puck.

Hamlet Trailer (2000)

12 May 2000

Modern day adaptation of Shakespeare's immortal story about Hamlet's plight to avenge his father's murder in New York City.

Henry V Trailer (1989)

05 October 1989

Gritty adaption of William Shakespeare's play about the English King's bloody conquest of France.

Romeo and Juliet Trailer (1968)

03 April 1968

Director Franco Zeffirelli's beloved version of one of the most well-known love stories in the English language.

Kiss Me Kate Trailer (1953)

26 November 1953

Fred and Lilly are a divorced pair of actors who are brought together by Cole Porter who has written a musical version of The Taming of the Shrew.

The Tragedy of Macbeth Trailer (1971)

13 October 1971

A ruthlessly ambitious Scottish lord siezes the throne with the help of his scheming wife and a trio of witches.

Hamlet Trailer (1990)

19 December 1990

Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, finds out that his uncle Claudius killed his father to obtain the throne, and plans revenge.

Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead Trailer (1990)

12 September 1990

Two minor characters from the play, "Hamlet" stumble around unaware of their scripted lives and unable to deviate from them.

Hamlet Trailer (1948)

25 March 1948

Winner of four Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor, Sir Laurence Olivier’s Hamlet continues to be the most compelling version of Shakespeare’s beloved tragedy.

A Midsummer Night's Dream Trailer (1935)

09 October 1935

Theseus, Duke of Athens, is going to marry Hyppolyta, Queen of the Amazons. Demetrius is engaged with Hermia, but Hermia loves Lysander.

National Theatre Live: Coriolanus Trailer (2014)

29 January 2014

National Theatre Live will broadcast the Donmar Warehouse’s production of Coriolanus, Shakespeare’s searing tragedy of political manipulation and revenge, with Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers, War Horse (film), BBC's The Hollow Crown) in the title role and Mark Gatiss (Season's Greetings at the National Theatre, BBC's Sherlock) as Menenius, directed by the Donmar's Artistic Director Josie Rourke.

Haider Trailer (2014)

02 October 2014

A young man returns to Kashmir after his father's disappearance to confront his uncle - the man he suspects to have a role in his father's fate.

Richard III Trailer (1995)

29 December 1995

Shakespeare's Play transplanted into a 1930s setting.

Caesar Must Die Trailer (2012)

11 February 2012

Winner of the Golden Bear at the 2012 Berlin Film Festival, Caesar Must Die (Cesare Deve Morire), the scripted documentary shows inmates at a prison in Rome rehearsing for a performance of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar.

A Double Life Trailer (1947)

25 December 1947

A Shakespearian actor starring as Othello opposite his wife finds the character's jealous rage taking over his mind off-stage.

Othello Trailer (1990)

23 June 1990

Noble Moroccan Othello finds his life with beautiful, fiercely loyal Desdemona thrown tragically out of balance when secretly jealous, scheming confidante Iago begins an insidious campaign of lies and treachery.

As You Like It Trailer (2006)

01 January 2006

Witty, playful and utterly magical, the story is a compelling romantic adventure in which Rosalind and Orlando's celebrated courtship is played out against a backdrop of political rivalry, banishment and exile in the Forest of Arden - set in 19th-century Japan.

Hamlet Trailer (1964)

24 June 1964

Shakespeare's 17th century masterpiece about the "Melancholy Dane" was given one of its best screen treatments by Soviet director Grigori Kozintsev.

King Lear Trailer (1974)

24 September 1974

When England's aging King Lear renounces his throne to divide his kingdom among his three daughters, treachery, madness and murder soon follow.

Scotland, Pa. Trailer (2001)

15 March 2001

Joe McBeth is a hard-working but unambitious doofus who toils at a hamburger stand alongside his wife Pat, who has much smarter.

The King Is Alive Trailer (2000)

11 May 2000

Stranded in the heat of a barren African desert, eleven bus-passengers shelter in the remnants of an abandoned town.

Othello Trailer (1951)

27 November 1951

Desdemona, daughter of a Venetian aristocrat, elopes with Moorish military hero Othello, to the great resentment of Othello's envious underling Iago.

Looking For Richard Trailer (1996)

11 October 1996

Al Pacino's deeply-felt rumination on Shakespeare's significance and relevance to the modern world through interviews and an in-depth analysis of "Richard III.

Verdi Macbeth Trailer (1987)

19 June 1987

Macbeth" was Giuseppe Verdi's first attempt at music drama and also the first manifestation of his profound love for Shakespeare's work.

The Tempest Trailer (1979)

13 September 1979

Prospero, a potent magician, lives on a desolate isle with his virginal daughter, Miranda. He's in exile, banished from his duchy by his usurping brother and the King of Naples.

Macbeth Trailer (2006)

21 September 2006

Macbeth, loyal to his crime boss, Duncan, is told by witches that he will one day take over. Driven by their prophecy, he and his wife plot to kill Duncan, and takes the leadership of the gang for himself.

Love Is All There Is Trailer (1996)

10 May 1996

This fast-paced and funny twist on Romeo And Juliet is an "extremely funny film" (WBAI Radio)! Oscar winner Angelina Jolie (Lara Croft: Tomb Raider) and Lainie Kazan (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) star in this tale of rival Italian catering families that serves up laughs, love and "a touching slice of home cooking" (Variety)!

Othello Trailer (1995)

15 December 1995

The evil Iago pretends to be friend of Othello in order to manipulate him to serve his own end in the film version of this Shakespeare classic.

The Taming of the Shrew Trailer (1967)

07 March 1967

Baptista, a rich Paduan merchant, announces that his fair young daughter, Bianca, will remain unwed until her older sister, Katharina, a hellish shrew, has wed.

National Theatre Live: Twelfth Night Trailer (2017)

06 April 2017

A ship is wrecked on the rocks. Viola is washed ashore but her twin brother Sebastian is lost. Determined to survive on her own, she steps out to explore a new land.

The Street King Trailer (2002)

03 May 2002

In life, there's silver, and there's lead, says Rikki Ortega, as he moves to be king of the street in "Ánglio," L.

Twelfth Night: Shakespeare's Globe Theatre Trailer (2012)

01 January 2012

'Better a witty fool, than a foolish wit.' Filled with a cast of unforgettable characters, Twelfth Night combines cruelty with high comedy and the pangs of unrequited love with some of the subtlest poetry and most exquisite songs Shakespeare ever wrote.

The Hollow Crown: Henry V Trailer (2012)

21 July 2012

Henry V has settled onto the throne and has the makings of a fine king when the French ambassador brings a challenge from the Dauphin.

National Theatre Live: Othello Trailer (2013)

26 September 2013

The National Theatre presents a major new production of William Shakespeare’s celebrated play about the destructive power of jealousy.

Julius Caesar Trailer (1953)

04 June 1953

The assassination of the would be ruler of Rome at the hands of Brutus and company has tragic consequences for the idealist and the republic.

A Midsummer Night's Dream Trailer (1968)

30 September 1968

Peter Hall's Royal Shakespeare Company production is one of the best versions of this oft-attempted but seldom achieved vision.

Macbeth Trailer (2010)

06 October 2010

Part of the PBS Great Performance Series. Renowned Shakespearean actor Patrick Stewart features as the eponymous anti-hero in this Soviet-era adaptation of one of Shakespeare's darkest and most powerful tragedies.

A Performance of Macbeth Trailer (1979)

02 February 1979

Shakespeare's classic tragedy of ambition, witches and murder.

Almeida Theatre Live: Richard III Trailer (2016)

21 July 2016

The Almeida Theatre makes its live screening debut with an explosive new adaptation of Richard III, directed by Almeida Artistic Director Rupert Goold with Ralph Fiennes as Shakespeare’s most notorious villain and Vanessa Redgrave as Queen Margaret.

Othello Trailer (2001)

23 December 2001

With freshly rechristened characters and brand-new dialogue, this British TV production of Othello is a "rethinking" of Shakespeare's play, albeit still retaining the original's power and potency.

National Theatre Live: King Lear Trailer (2014)

01 May 2014

An aged king decides to divide his kingdom between his three daughters, according to which of them is most eloquent in praising him.