Felicity Jones

Shakespeare at the Movies- The Oscars 2015

On Sunday night, Hollywood will celebrate and present the 87th Academy Awards. The nominees this year have given some of the best performances of their careers, but today I want to focus on their accomplishments as Shakespearean actors! Find out which of the acting nominees have Shakespeare included in their bodies of work below!

michael-keaton-birdman Michael Keaton (Actor in a Leading Role, Birdman)

Appeared in:

  • Much Ado About Nothing (1993) as Dogberry

eddie-redmayne-the-theory-of-everythingEddie Redmayne (Actor in a Leading Role, The Theory of Everything)

Appeared in:

  • Twelfth Night (2002, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre) as Viola
  • Richard III (2011, Donmar Warehouse) as Richard III

 benedict-cumberbatch-the-imitation-gameBenedict Cumberbatch (Actor in a Leading Role, The Imitation Game)

Appeared in:

  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2001, Open Air Theatre) as Demetrius
  • Love’s labour’s Lost (2001, Open Air Theatre) as King of Navarre
  • Romeo and Juliet (2002, Open Air Theatre) as Benvolio
  • As You Like It (2002, Open Air Theatre) as Orlando
  • The Hollow Crown- Richard III (2016, TV mini-series) as Richard III
  • The Hollow Crown- Henry VI Park 2 (2016, TV mini-series) as Richard III

marion-cotillard-two-days-one-nightMarion Cotillard (Actress in a Leading Role, Two Days, One Night)

Appearing in:

  • Macbeth (2015) as Lady Macbeth

 eddie-redmayne-the-theory-of-everythingFelicity Jones (Actress in a Leading Role, The Theory of Everything)

Appeared in:

  • The Tempest (2010) as Miranda


Ethan Hawke (Actor in a Supporting Role, Boyhood)

Appeared in:

  • Hamlet (2000) as Hamlet
  • Henry IV (2004, Lincoln Center Theater) as Hotspur
  • The Winter’s Tale (2009 Stage Production)
  • Macbeth (2013, Lincoln Center Theater) as Macbeth

meryl-streep-into-the-woodsMeryl Streep (Actress in a Supporting Role, Into the Woods)

Appeared in:

  • The Taming of the Shrew (1978, Shakespeare in the Park) as Katherine
  • Romeo and Juliet (2012, Shakespeare in the Park Staged Reading) as Juliet

neil-patrick-harris-romeo*BONUS- Neil Patrick Harris (The host this year!)

Appeared in:

  • Romeo and Juliet (1998, Old Globe Theatre) as Romeo

Did I miss someone? Which of these roles is your favorite? Who do you think will walk away a winner on Sunday? Leave a comment and let us know!

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!


Shakespeare at the Movies- The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Before we all rush to the theatre to see The Amazing Spider-Man 2 this weekend, let’s have a look through the stars’ careers and find a Shakespeare connection! This cast has covered a wide variety of Shakespeare roles on stage, film, and television, spanning four decades!


Andrew Garfield (Peter Parker/ Spider-Man)

Appeared in:

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


Colm Feore (Donald Menken)

Appeared in:

  • The Taming of the Shrew (1982 TV Movie) as Talbot
  • Romeo and Juliet (Stratford Festival, 1984) as Romeo
  • Cymbeline (Stratford Festival, 1986) as Iachino
  • Othello (Stratford Festival, 1987) as Iago
  • The Taming of the Shrew (1988 TV movie) as Petruchio
  • The Taming of the Shrew (Stratfod Festival, 1988) as Petruchio
  • Richard III (Stratford Festival, 1988) as King Richard III
  • Julius Caesar (Stratford Festival, 1990) as Cassius
  • Romeo and Juliet (Stratford Festival, 1991) as Mercutio
  • Hamlet (Stratford Festival, 1991) as Hamlet
  • Measure for Measure (Stratford Festival, 1992) as Angelo
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Stratford Festival, 1993) as Oberon
  • Romeo and Juliet (1993 TV movie) as Mercutio
  • Titus (1999) as Marcus Andronicus
  • Hamlet (Public Theatre, 2005) as Claudius
  • Julius Caesar (Belasco Theatre, 2005) as Cassius
  • Coriolanus (Stratford Festival, 2006) as Coriolanus
  • Macbeth (Stratford Festival, 2009) as Macbeth
  • King Lear (Stratford Festival, 2014) as King Lear


Felicity Jones (Felicia)

Appeared in:


Paul Giamatti (Aleksei Sytsevich)

Appeared in:

  • Hamlet (Yale University Theater, 2013) as Hamlet
  • Romeo and Juliet (2013) as Friar Laurence


Embeth Davidtz (Mary Parker)

Appeared in:

  • Romeo and Juliet (National Theatre Company) as Juliet


Campbell Scott (Richard Parker)

Appeared in:

  • Hamlet (2000 TV movie) as Hamlet


Marton Csokas (Dr. Ashley Kafka)

Appeared in:

  • Antony and Cleopatra (Theatre for a New Audience, 2008) as Antony

Which of these films or productions have you seen? Which one is your favorite? Let us know in the comments section!