Off by heart Shakespeare. This page offers links to see films of well-known people, past and present, performing 18 of Shakespeare's famous speeches. The plays include: Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, The Merchant of Venice, Julius Caesar, A Midsummer Night's Dream, As you like it and Twelfth Night.

**The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)** YouTube video from The Reduced Shakespeare Company. The company is a comedy troupe that takes long, serious literary works and reduces them to short, sharp comedies. In this performance they tackle Shakespeare

Julius Caesar


  • From the PBS site, watch Rupert Goold’s /Macbethstarring Sir Patrick Stewart and Kate Fleetwood.
  • Macbeth on the Estate. The somewhat controversial BBC adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Filmed on the Ladywood Estate in Birmingham, the play was devised and directed by Penny Woolcock and the residents of the Estate.
  • BBC Shakespeare Animated Tales – Macbeth Part 1.: Macbeth Part 2 : Macbeth Part 3
  • Shakespeare Retold: Macbeth Part 1 (BBC drama) Top chef Joe Macbeth has worked hard to make Duncan Docherty's restaurant a success. So, when he's told it'll all be his one day, what's to stop him taking it now? Written by Peter Moffat and broadcast on 14th Nov 2005 this version stars James McAvoy, Keeley Hawes, Joseph Millson and Toby Kebbell.

Romeo and Juliet

Some more unusual takes on Shakespeare