Shakespeare at the Movies- Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Well friends, the time that I am sure many of us have been waiting for is finally here! Like our last couple of posts about the original and prequel trilogies, we are going to take a look at what Shakespeare-related work the cast has done!


Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia)


Appeared in:

  • A Midsummer Night’s Rave (2002) as Mia’s Mom



Lupita Nyong’o (Maz Kanata)


Appeared in:

  • The Winter’s Tale (Yale School of Drama Production)
  • The Taming of the Shrew (Yale School of Drama Production)



Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron)


Appeared in:

  • The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Delacorte Theater, 2005) as Proteus
  • Romeo and Juliet (Delacorte Theater, 2007) as Romeo



Andy Serkis (Supreme Leader Snoke)


Appeared in:

  • Henry IV Part 1 (Nuffield Studio, Southampton, 1982) as Poins
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (The Dukes in Lancaster, 1986) as Lysander
  • The WInter’s Tale (The Dukes in Lancaster, 1986) as Florizel
  • Macbeth (Royal Exchange Theatre, 1988) as Porter/Sargeant
  • King Lear (Royal Court Theatre, 1993) as The Fool
  • Othello (Royal Exchange Theatre, 2002) as Iago



Pip Torrens (Colonel Kaplan)


Appeared in:

  • Richard II (Royal National Theatre, 1995)
  • The Merry Wives of Windsor (Royal National Theatre, 1995)
  • The Hollow Crown- Henry IV, Part 2 (TV mini-series, 2012) as Mowbray



Sebastian Armesto (Lieutenant Mitaka)


Appeared in:

  • Anonymous (2011) as Ben Jonson



Shakespeare in Action will be closed for the holidays, but we will be back in 2016! Which movie or series would you like to see covered in out next instalment of “Shakespeare at the Movies?” Let us know!


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