A specially selected folio of Shakespeare adaptations exclusively for BFI Player subscribers.
From Kurosawa's classics to acclaimed productions from the RSC, here are some key works in the history of Shakespeare on film. Scholarly subscribers can rewatch to their hearts desire; the uninitiated can journey to the “undiscovered country from whose bourn no traveler returns.”
Historical drama1944131 minsDirector: Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier rouses an all-star cast and an imperiled nation with his magnificent adaptation of Shakespeare's warrior monarch.
Throne of Blood
Drama1957110 minsDirector: Akira Kurosawa
A master of period-drama, Kurosawa (Rashomon, Seven Samurai) recasts Macbeth as a Japanese warlord in one of the greatest Shakespearean adaptations.
The Bad Sleep Well
Crime1960151 minsDirector: Akira Kurosawa
The first film made by Akira Kurosawa's own production company is a dark tale of greed, corporate corruption and revenge.
Drama2001128 minsDirector: Gregory Doran
Antony Sher stars in the Gregory Doran’s acclaimed RSC production, lauded as the finest adaptation of the Scottish play for over a quarter of a century.
Comedy194488 minsDirector: Walter Forde
Fast-talking funny man Tommy Handley visits Elizabethan England - and ends up teaching Good Queen Bess con tricks - in this snappy time-travel comedy.