Where you can stream Shakespeare

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21.04.2020

Just because you can’t enjoy a Shakespeare performance in the theatre doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy his works elsewhere. We’ve gathered a handy list of Shakespeare film adaptions and Shakespeare-inspired movies that you can stream and enjoy from the comfort of your own home. 

AMAZON PRIME

The Hollow Crown 

Dir. Various
2012

These stunning adaptations tell the story of three kings, Richard II, Henry IV & Henry V and their battle for survival. Shakespeare’s epic yet intimate plays are filmed in the visually breathtaking landscape and architecture of the period.

DISNEY

The Lion King

Dir. Roger Allers and Rob Minkoff
1994

In this loose reimagining of Hamlet, Simba is tricked by his treacherous uncle into thinking he caused his father’s death and flees into exile in despair, only to learn in adulthood his identity and his responsibilities.

10 Things I Hate About You 

Dir. Gil Junger
1999

Bianca Stratford isn’t allowed to date until her older sister Kat does, in this modern retelling of The Taming of the Shrew set at a Seattle high school.

KANOPY

Macbeth

Dir. Rupert Goold
2010

Starring Patrick Stewart as Macbeth and shot on location in the mysterious underground labyrinth of Welbeck Abbey in Nottinghamshire, this is a contemporary presentation of Shakespeare’s intense, claustrophobic and bloody drama.

Hamlet

2012

Shakespeare’s classic tragedy is reimagined by mixing and repurposing Richard Burton’s 1964 Broadway production, directed by John Gielgud.

Julius Caesar

Dir. Gregory Doran
2012

Based on the Royal Shakespeare Company’s acclaimed stage production, this is Julius Caesar set in the action of post-independence Africa. 


NETFLIX

The King

Dir. David Michôd
2019

Timothée Chalamet plays Henry V in this adaptation of Shakespeare’s Henriad. Henry ascends to the throne and must battle hostilities inside and outside his court.

Haider

Dir. Vishal Bhardwaj
2014

A Bollywood adaption of Hamlet that unfolds against the backdrop of Kashmiri culture and history.


STAN

West Side Story

Dir. Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins
1961

A musical reimaging of Romeo and Juliet set in 1950s New York, rival gangs the Jets and the Sharks battle it out to control the West Side.

Much Ado About Nothing

Dir. Kenneth Branagh
1993

The story of two couples – confirmed bachelor Benedick and caustic Beatrice, and young Claudio and innocent Hero.

Macbeth

Dir. Justin Kurzel
2015

Featuring Michael Fassbender as Macbeth and Marion Cotillard as Lady Macbeth this is a thrilling interpretation of Shakespeare’s tragedy, a story of all-consuming passion and ambition, set in war torn Scottish landscape.

Much Ado About Nothing

Dir. Joss Whedon
2012

The story of sparring lovers Beatrice and Benedick offers a dark, sexy, funny and occasionally absurd view of the intricate game that is love.

King Lear

Dir. Richard Eyre
2018

Starring Anthony Hopkins and, set in the fictional present, 80 year-old King Lear divides his kingdom among his daughters. When his youngest refuses to flatter him, King Lear banishes her, and with that fateful decision, family and state collapse into chaos and warfare.

She’s the Man

Dir Andy Fickman
2006

Inspired by Twelfth Night. When her brother decides to ditch school for a couple weeks, Viola heads over to his elite boarding school, disguised as him, and unexpectedly falls for one of his soccer teammates.