Shakespeare at the Movies- Maleficent

Maleficent is the latest live action fairy-tale offering from Walt Disney Pictures, and we cannot wait to see it! Magic, betrayal, romance, and epic battles- all of these are not uncommon in Shakespeare’s works, and will definitely be a part of the movie being released this weekend!
Several of the Maleficent cast members are quite well versed in the Bard’s works, both on stage and screen. Check out their Shakespeare roles below!


Lesley Manville (Flittle)

Appeared in:

  • Romeo and Juliet (2013) as the Nurse
  • As You Like It (Royal Shakespeare Theatre, 1985) as Phoebe
  • Measure for Measure (National Theatre, 1974)
  • The Tempest (National Theatre, 1974)
  • Romeo and Juliet (National Theatre, 1974)


Imelda Staunton (Knotgrass)

Appeared in:

  • Shakespeare Re-Told- A Midsummer Night’s Dream (mini-series, 2005) as Polly
  • Shakespeare in Love (1998) as the Nurse
  • Twelfth Night or What You Will (1996) as Maria
  • Much Ado About Nothing (1993) as Margaret
  • Hamlet (British National Theatre, 1986)
  • King Lear (British National Theatre, 1986)
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (British National Theatre, 1983)
  • Macbeth (Northcott Theatre, 1978)
  • As You Like It (Northcott Theatre, 1978)


Kenneth Cranham (King Henry)

Appeared in:

  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (National Theatre, 1983)
  • As You Like It (National Theatre, 1980)
  • Othello (National Theatre, 1980)
  • Richard III (National Theatre, 1980)
  • Macbeth (National Theatre, 1978)
  • Hamlet (National Theatre, 1977)
  • Julius Caesar (National Theatre, 1977)
  • Measure for Measure (National Theatre, 1977)
  • Richard III Part 2 (National Theatre, 1977)
  • Richard II (National Youth Theatre, 1963)


Stephan Chase (General)

Appeared in:

  • Macbeth (1971) as Malcom

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