British Council Film is working with the British Film Institute (BFI) and other partners to deliver an international touring programme of British versions of Shakespeare on Film. These will be available from January 2016.

A special BFI curated programme of around 20 feature films shows how British cinema has transformed and reimagined Shakespeare’s work. The programme includes the earliest surviving silent Shakespeare, faithful adaptations by British actor/directors who have had made Shakespeare’s work accessible internationally (such as Olivier and Branagh); performances by today’s greatest Shakespearean actors including Judi Dench (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and Ian McKellen (Richard III); experimental and playful reworkings that reinforce Shakespeare’s enduring relevance as source material (Prospero’s Books, Theatre of Blood and Next) and expressions of themes such as diversity, identity and desire (Othello, Romeo and Juliet and The Angelic Conversation). 

In addition, we are pleased to include a number of filmed stage productions of Shakespeare, led by Manchester Royal Exchange’s groundbreaking Hamlet starring Maxine Peake and a select number of National Theatre (NT Live) productions including Coriolanus with Tom Hiddleston, Hamlet with Benedict Cumberbatch and King Lear directed by Sam Mendes.

In partnership with Film London, we will offer two new short films with a Shakespeare theme made by female creative teams from April 2016 and a newly commissioned Microwave feature made in India from Autumn 2016.

How to get involved?

If you are a venue or film festival and interested in booking Shakespeare on Film, please contact your local British Council office.

From January 2016, members of the public can find out about screenings and events from this website, or go to your local British Council website.

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