Shakespeare at the Movies- The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Today is the North American release date of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies! To celebrate the release of the last movie in the Hobbit series, let’s look at the Shakespeare-related work that the cast has done. From British Theatre elite, to some new faces to the Bard’s works, this cast has a wide variety of Shakespeare offerings on stage and screen!

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Lee Pace (Thranduil)

Appeared in:

  • King Richard II (The Juilliard School) as Richard I
  • Much Ado About Nothing (The Juilliard School) as Don Pedro
  • Romeo and Juliet (The Juilliard School) as Romeo
  • Julius Caesar (The Juilliard School) as Cassius

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Benedict Cumberbatch (Smaug)

Appeared in:

  • Richard III (Hollow Crown TV Mini-Series, 2016) as Richard III
  • Henry IV Part 2 (Hollow Crown TV Mini-Series, 2016) as Richard III
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (New Shakespeare Company, 2010) as Demetrius
  • Romeo and Juliet (New Shakespeare Company, 2002) as Benvolio
  • As You Like It (New Shakespeare Company, 2002) as Orlando
  • Love’s Labour’s Lost (New Shakespeare Company, 2001) as King of Navarre

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Richard Armitage (Thorin Oakenshield)

Appeared in:

  • Shakespeare Re-Told (TV Mini-Series, 2005) as Peter Macduff
  • Macbeth (TV Movie, 2001) as Angus
  • Hamlet (1998 Stage Production) as Bernardo

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Orlando Bloom (Legolas)

Appeared in:

  • Romeo and Juliet (Richard Rodgers Theatre, 2013) as Romeo

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Martin Freeman (Bilbo Baggins)

Appeared in:

  • Richard III (Trafalgar Studios, 2014) as Richard III

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Cate Blanchett (Galadriel)

Appeared in:

  • Richard II (Sydney Festival, 2009) as Richard II

*This production was part of The War of the Roses, where all of Shakespeare’s Historical plays were condensed into one 8 hour performance!

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Ian McKellen (Gandalf)

Appeared in:

  • King Lear (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2007) as King Lear
  • The Tempest (Audiobook, 2004) as Prospero
  • The Tempest (West Yorkshire Playhouse, 1999) as Prospero
  • Richard III (1995) as Richard III
  • Richard III (National Theatre, 1990) as Richard III
  • King Lear (National Theatre, 1990) as Kent
  • Othello (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1989) as Iago
  • Acting Shakespeare (Playhouse Theatre, 1988)
  • Hamlet (British National Theatre, 1985)
  • Coriolanus (National Theatre, 1984) as Coriolanus
  • Twelfth Night (Royal Shakespeare Company,1978) as Sir Toby Belch
  • Macbeth (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1976) as Macbeth
  • The Winter’s Tale (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1976) as Leontes
  • Romeo and Juliet (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1976) as Romeo
  • King Lear (The Actor’s Company, 1974) as Edgar
  • Hamlet (Prospect Theatre Company, 1971) as Hamlet
  • Hamlet (TV movie, 1970) as Hamlet
  • Richard II (Prospect Theatre Company, 1968) as Richard II
  • Much Ado About Nothing (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1965) as Claudio
  • Coriolanus (Nottingham Playhouse, 1963) as Tullus Aufidius

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Christopher Lee (Saruman)

Appeared in:

  • Julius Caesar (1970) as Artemidorus

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Hugo Weaving (Elrond)

Appeared in:

  • Macbeth (Sydney Theatre Company, 2014) as Macbeth
  • Much Ado About Nothing (Melbourne Theatre Company, 1993) as Benedick
  • The Taming of the Shrew (Melbourne Theatre Company, 1991) as Petruchio
  • Julius Caesar (State Theatre Company of South Australia, 1989) as Brutus
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Belvoir St. Theatre, 1986) as Oberon

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James Nesbitt (Bofur)

Appeared in:

  • Coriolanus (2011) as Tribune Sicinius

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Graham McTavish (Dwalin)

Appeared in:

  • King Lear (1999) as Duke of Albany
  • Macbeth (1997) as Banquo
  • Julius Caesar: A Critical Guide (Video Documentary, 1997) as Brutus
  • King Lear: A Critical Guide (Video Documentary, 1997) as Albany
  • Richard III (New Shakespeare Company, 1995)
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (New Shakespeare Company, 1995)

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Stephen Fry (Master of Laketown)

Appeared in:

  • Twelfth Night (Shakespeare’s Globe, 2012) as Malvolio

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Ken Stott (Balin)

Appeared in:

  • Merry Wives of Windsor (Royal National Theatre, 1995)
  • Richard II (Royal National Theatre, 1995)
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (British National Theatre, 1992)
  • Richard III (Royal National Theatre, 1991)
  • The Winter’s Tale (British National Theatre, 1988)
  • The Tempest (British National Theatre, 1988)
  • Cymbeline (British National Theatre, 1988)
  • Antony and Cleopatra (British National Theatre, 1988)
  • Hamlet (British National Theatre, 1986)
  • King Lear (British National Theatre, 1986)
  • Hamlet (Donmar Warehouse Theatre, 1982) as Rosencrantz
  • King Lear (TV Movie, 1982) as Curan
  • Henry IV Part 1 (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1976)
  • Henry IV Part 2 (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1976)
  • Henry V (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1976)

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Ian Holm (Old Bilbo)

Appeared in:

  • Measure for Measure (Royal National Theatre, 2002)
  • King Lear (Royal National theatre, 1997)
  • Othello (Royal National Theatre, 1997)
  • Pericles (Royal National Theatre, 1994)Hamlet (1990) as Polonius
  • Henry V (1989) as Captain Fluellen
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1968) as Puck
  • The Wars of the Roses (TV Mini-Series, 1965) as Richard III
  • Henry IV Part 1 (Royal Shakespeare Theatre, 1964) as Henry, Prince of Wales
  • The Tempest (Royal Shakespeare Company Theatre, 1963)
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Royal Shakespeare Company Theatre, 1962)
  • The Winter’s Tale (Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, 1960)
  • The Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, 1960)
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (TV Movie, 1959) as Puck
  • King Lear (Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, 1959) as the Fool
  • Coriolanus (Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, 1959)
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, 1959)
  • Othello (Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, 1959)
  • Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, 1958)
  • Twelfth Night (Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, 1958)
  • Titus Andronicus (Stoll Theatre, 1957) as Mutius
  • Macbeth (Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, 1955)
  • Titus Andronicus (Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, 1955)
  • Troilus and Cressida (Stratford Theatre Festival, 1954)
  • Romeo and Juliet (Stratford Theatre Festival, 1954)

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Ryan Gage (Alfrid)

Appeared in:

  • Hamlet (2009) as Osric

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Sylvester McCoy (Radagast)

Appeared in:

  • King Lear (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2007) as The Fool
  • Antony and Cleopatra (Royal National Theatre, 1987)
  • King Lear (Royal National Theatre, 1987)
  • Hamlet (Royal National Theatre, 1987)
  • Macbeth (Royal National Theatre, 1987)
  • Antony and Cleopatra (Theatre Royal Haymarket, 1986)
  • The Taming of the Shrew (Theatre Royal Haymarket, 1986)

Have I missed someone or something on this list? Which Hobbit alums Shakespeare roles are your favorites? Leave a comment and let me know!

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