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LIT 231 - West - Introduction to Shakespeare: Documentaries and Shakespeare's Plays on Film

Streaming Videos


Pima Community College has streaming videos through Films on Demand, AVON, Kanopy and Swank.

Click on the links below to see lists of videos on Shakespeare--they include videos on his life and full-length versions of his dramatized works.


Shakespeare Plays on Film

Macbeth from the RSC with Harriet Walter and Antony Sher, 2003

Macbeth with Patrick Stewart and Kate Fleetwood, 2003

Macbeth from the Stratford Festival with Scott Wentworth, Krystin Pellerin, 2020

Throne of Blood Akira Kurosawa 

Macbeth - with Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, 2015. Physical video at NW Library (we can bring it over here and I will order a physical copy for West Campus too)

The Tragedy of MacBeth - Roman Polanski, with Jon Finch, Francesca Annis, 1971. Physical video at Downtown Library (we can bring it over here and I can order a physical copy if you want.)

Hamlet from the Royal Exchange Theatre with Maxine Peake as Hamlet, 2015

Hamlet from the RSC with Paapa Essiedu, Tanya Moodie, 2016

Hamlet from the RSC with David Tennant

Hamlet BBC Production with Derek Jacobi, 1980

Hamlet production from the Wooster Group, 2012

Hamlet from the Stratford Festival with Mike Shara, Tom Rooney, 2020

The Bad Sleep Well Akira Kurosawa

Hamlet with Kenneth Branagh Physical video at East Campus Library (we can bring it over here and I will order a physical copy for West Campus too)

Hamlet with Ethan Hawke Physical DVD at East and Downtown (we can bring it over here and I will order a physical copy for West Campus too)

Hamlet with Mel Gibson Physical DVD at

King Lear from the RSC with Sir Antony Sher, Nia Gwynne, Kelly Williams, 2016

King Lear from the Stratford Festival,  Scott Wentworth, Liisa Repo-Martell, 2020

Ran Akira Kurosawa

King Lear with Ian Holme Physical video at West Campus

Shakespeare Uncovered (PBS)


This PBS series offers a more in-depth look at Shakespeare's works and their performance.  Each episode is hosted by a celebrated actor including-- Ethan Hawke, Jeremy Irons, Derek Jacobi, Trevor Nunn, Joely Richardson, and David Tennant.

Visit the PBS Shakespeare Uncovered page to access the videos in this series, as well as other resources.

Read an article on the discovery of the location of the Curtain Theatre (pictured below) which predated the Globe.