Shakespeare at the Movies- TIFF 2014

TIFF is in the air! The Toronto International Film Festival began on September 4, and will run until September 14th this year. The stars have come out to support and promote their latest film projects, and we are so excited to have them in our city! Many of the stars attending this years festival have lots of experience on stage and screen. Check out our list of Shakespeare and Shakespeare-Inspired projects that are a part of some pretty impressive bodies of work!


Robert Downey Jr. (The Judge)

Appeared in:

  • Richard III (1995) as Lord Rivers


Vanessa Redgrave (Foxcatcher)

Appeared in (Selective):

  • Anonymous (2011) as Queen Elizabeth I
  • Letters to Juliet (2010) as Caire
  • The Tempest (Shakespeare’s Globe, 2000) as Prospero
  • Julius Caesar (Alley Theatre, 1997) as Portia
  • Romeo.Juliet (1990) as Mother Capulet
  • Antony and Cleopatra (Theatre Royal, 1986)
  • As You Like It (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1961)
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1959 TV movie) as Helena
  • Coriolanus (Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, 1959)


Al Pacino (Manglehorn)

Appeared in:

  • Julius Caesar (New York Shakespeare Festival, 1986) as Mark Antony
  • Richard III (1979) as Richard III


Denzel Washington (The Equalizer)

Appeared in:

  • Richard III (Shakespeare in the Park, 1990) as Richard III
  • Julius Caesar (Belasco Theatre, 2005) as Brutus


Kate Winslet (A Little Chaos)

Appeared in:

  • Hamlet (1996) as Ophelia


Morgan Freeman (Ruth & Alex)

Appeared in:

  • The Taming of the Shrew (New York Shakespeare Festival, 1990) as Petruchio
  • Coriolanus (New York Shakespeare Festival, 1979) as Coriolanus
  • Julius Caesar (New York Shakespeare Festival, 1979)


Christopher Plummer (The Forger, Hector + the Search for Happiness)

Appeared in (Selective):

  • The Tempest (2010) as Prospero
  • Macbeth (1988) as Macbeth
  • Othello (1982) as Iago
  • Richard III (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1961)
  • Much Ado About Nothing (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1961)
  • Too many Stratford Festival roles to count!


Andrew Garfield (99 Homes)

Appeared in:

  • Romeo and Juliet (Royal Exchange Theatre, 2005) as Romeo


Gael Garcia Bernal (Rosewater)

Appeared in:

  • Letters to Juliet (2010) as Victor


Sam Rockwell (Laggies)

Appeared in:

  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1999) as Francis Flute


Hailee Steinfeld (The Keeping Room)

Appeared in:

  • Romeo and Juliet (2013) as Juliet


Amanda Seyfried (While We’re Young)

Appeared in:

  • Letters to Juliet (2010) as Sophie


Danny Webb (A Little Chaos)

Appeared in:

  • Richard III (Crucible Theatre, 2002)
  • Henry V (19889) as Gower
  • Hamlet (Crucible Theatre, 1989)
  • Twelfth Night (TV movie, 1980) as Servant


Alan Rickman (A Little Chaos)

Appeared in (Selective):

  • Reading of Sonnet #12 (2009)
  • Antony and Cleopatra (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1989)
  • Trolius and Cressida (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1985)
  • The Tempest (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1978)
  • Romeo and Juliet (TV movie, 1978) as Tybalt


Dominic West (Pride)

Appeared in:

  • As You Like It (Wyndham’s Theatre, 2005) as Orlando
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1999) as Lysander
  • Richard III (1995) as the Earl of Richmond


Sam Worthington (Paper Planes)

Appeared in:

  • Macbeth (2006) as Macbeth


Timothy Spall (Mr. Turner)

Appeared in:

  • Love’s Labour’s Lost (2000) as Armado
  • Hamlet (1996) as Rosencrantz
  • The Merry Wives of Windsor (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1980)


Dan Stevens (The Guest)

Appeared in:

  • Much Ado About Nothing (Theatre Royal, 2005) as Claudio
  • As You Like It (Peter Hall Company, 2005)


Bill Pullman (The Equalizer)

Appeared in:

  • Cymbeline (late 2014)


Channing Tatum (Foxcatcher)

Appeared in:

  • She’s the Man (2006) as Duke


Gemma Arterton (The Voices)

Appeared in:

  • Love’s Labour’s Lost (Globe Theatre, 2007) as Rosaline


Bill Murray (St. Vincent)

Appeared in:

  • Hamlet (2000) as Polonius


Dustin Hoffman (Boychoir)

Appeared in:

  • The Merchant of Venice (1990) as Shylock


Kevin Kline (My Old Lady)

Appeared in:

  • Henry IV (Lincoln Center Theater, 2003) as Falstaff
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1999) as Nick Bottom
  • Measure for Measure (City Center Acting Company, 1973)


Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game)

Appeared in:

  • The Hollow Crown (TV series, 2012) as Richard III
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Open Air Theatre, 2010) as Demetrius
  • Romeo and Juliet (Open Air Theatre, 2002) as Benvolio
  • As You Like It (Open Air Theatre, 2002) as Orlando


Paul Bettany (Shelter)

Appeared in:

  • Romeo and Juliet (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1995) as Paris
  • Julius Caesar (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1995) as Brutus
  • Richard III (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1995) as Richmond


Douglas Booth (The Riot Club)

Appeared in:

  • Romeo and Juliet (2013) as Romeo


Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything)

Appeared in:

  • Rosalie (in pre-production) as Rosalie
  • The Tempest (2010) as Miranda


Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything)

Appeared in:

  • Twelfth Night (Globe Theatre, 2002) as Viola


Bill Nighy (Pride)

Appeared in (Selective):

  • Macbeth (British National Theatre, 1987)
  • Antony and Cleopatra (British National Theatre, 1987)
  • King Lear (British National Theatre, 1987)
  • Hamlet (British National Theatre, 1985)
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (British National Theatre, 1983)
  • King Lear (British National Theatre, 1983) as Edgar


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