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Shakespeare at the Movies (and on Television!) Emmys 2015 Edition

The 67th Annual Primtetime Emmys happened a couple of weekends ago, and many actors were honoured with a statue for their work in television over the last year. I know it’s a bit late, but many of the nominees are seasoned Shakespearean actors, so I had to share a list of their work with all of you!



David Oyelowo (Nightingale)

Appeared in:
  • Antony and Cleopatra (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1999) as Decretas
  • Antony and Cleopatra (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1999) as Menacrates
  • Richard III (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2001) as Ghost of Henry VI
  • Henry VI Part 1 (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2000) as Henry VI
  • Henry VI Part 2 (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2000) as Henry VI
  • Henry VI Part 3 (Royal Shakespeare Company, 2000) as Henry VI
  • As You Like It (2006) as Orlando De Boys

Mark Rylance (Wolf Hall)

Appeared in:
  • The Tempest (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1982) as Ariel
  • The Taming of the Shrew (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1982) Lucentio, Player
  • Antony and Cleopatra (British National Theatre, 1987)
  • King Lear (British National Theatre, 1987)
  • Hamlet (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1988) as Hamlet
  • Antony and Cleopatra (British National Theatre, 1988)
  • Cymbeline (British National Theatre, 1988)
  • The Tempest (British National Theatre, 1988)
  • The Winter’s Tale (British National Theatre, 1988)
  • Romeo and Juliet (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1989) as Romeo
  • Macbeth (Greenwich Theatre, 1995) as Macbeth
  • The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, 1996) as Proteus
  • The Merchant of Venice (Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, 1998) as Bassanio
  • Antony and Cleopatra (Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, 1999) as Cleopatra
  • Hamlet (Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, 2000) as Hamlet
  • Romeo and Juliet (British National Theatre, 2000)
  • Cymbeline (Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, 2001) as Posthumus/ Cloten
  • Twelfth Night (Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, 2001) as Olivia
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (British National Theatre, 2001)
  • The Winter’s Tale (British National Theatre, 2001)
  • Hamlet (British National Theatre, 2001)
  • Richard II (Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, 2003) as Richard II
  • Measure for Measure (Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, 2004) as Vincentio
  • The Tempest (Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, 2005) as Prospero/Stephano/Sebastian/Alonso
  • Anonymous (2011) as Condell
  • Much Ado About Nothing (The Old Vic, 2013)

Jessica Lange (American Horror Story: Freak Show)

Appeared in:
  • Titus (1999) as Tamora

Frances McDormand (Olive Kitteridge)

Appeared in:
  • Twelfth Night (Alliance Theatre, 1982)



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Emma Thompson (Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street (Live From Lincoln Center))

Appeared in:

  • Henry V (1989) as Princess Katherine de Valois
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (International Tour, 1990) as Helena
  • King Lear (International Tour, 1990) as The Fool
  • Much Ado About Nothing (1993) as Beatrice


Kevin Spacey (House of Cards)

Appeared in:
  • Richard II (Old Vic Theatre, 2005) as Richard II



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Jon Hamm (Mad Men)

Appeared in:
  • Timon of Athens (Sacred Fools Theatre Company, 1998) as Flavius

Liev Schreiber (Ray Donovan)

Appeared in:
  • Cymbeline (Shakespeare in the Park, 1998) as Iachimo
  • Macbeth (Joseph Papp Public Theater, 1998) as Banquo
  • Hamlet (2000) as Laertes
  • Henry V (Shakespeare in Central Park, 2003) as Henry V



Amy Poehler (Parks And Recreation)

Appeared in:

  • Hamlet 2 (2008) as Cricket Feldstein


Claire Danes (Homeland)

Appeared in:
Romeo + Juliet (1996) as Juliet

Keegan-Michael Key (Key & Peele)

Appeared in:

  • The Second City’s Romeo and Juliet Musical: The People vs. Friar Laurence, the Man Who Killed Romeo and Juliet (Second City, 2004) as Romeo



Ty Burrell (Modern Family)

Appeared in:
  • Macbeth (Music Box Theater, 2004) as Lennox
  • Richard III (The Public Theatre, 2004) as Buckingham

Jim Carter (Downton Abbey)

Appeared in:
  • Shakespeare: The Animated Tales- Julius Caesar (TV mini-series, 1994) as Mark Antony
  • Richard III (1995) as Lord William Hastings
  • Shakespeare in Love (1998) as Ralph Bashford

Peter Dinklage (Game Of Thrones)

Appeared in:

  • Richard III (Public Theatre, 2004) as Richard III

Alan Cumming (The Good Wife)

Appeared in:
  • Macbeth (Tron Theatre, 1985) as Malcom
  • As You Like It (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1989) as Courtier, Silvius
  • Hamlet (Royal National Theatre, 1990)
  • Richard III (Royal National Theatre, 1990)
  • Titus (1999) as Saturninus
  • The Tempest (2010) as Sebastian

Allison Janney (Mom)

Appeared in:
  • 10 Things I Hate About You (1999) as Ms. Perky

Anna Chlumsky (Veep)

Appeared in:

  • Measure for Measure (Astoria Performing Arts Center, 2004) as Isabella

Christine Baranski (The Good Wife)

Appeared in:

  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (TV movie, 1982) as Helena

Paul Giamatti (Inside Amy Schumer)

Appeared in:

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



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F. Murray Abraham (Homeland)

Appeared in:
  • Macbeth (Belasco Theatre, 1986) as Macbeth
  • The Merchant of Venice (Theatre for a New Audience, 2007) as Shylock

Reg E. Cathey (House of Cards)

Appeared in:
  • Macbeth (Theatre for a New Audience, 1999) as Banquo




Pablo Schreiber (Orange Is The New Black)

Appeared in:

  • Julius Caesar (New York Shakespeare Festival in Central Park, 2000)


Joan Cusack (Shameless)

Appread in:
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Goodman Theatre, 1991)




Diana Rigg (Game Of Thrones)

Appeared in:
  • Coriolanus (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1959) as Roman Citizen
  • The Taming of the Shrew (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1960) as Wench
  • Troilus and Cressida (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1960) as Andromache
  • The Taming of the Shrew (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1961) as Bianca
  • The Comedy of Errors (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1962) as Adriana
  • Macbeth (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1962) as Lady Macduff
  • King Lear ((Royal Shakespeare Company, 1962) as Cordelia
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1962) as Helena
  • Twelfth Night (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1966) as Viola
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1968) as Helena
  • Julius Caesar (1970) as Portia
  • Macbeth (National Theatre, 1972) as Lady Macbeth
  • Richard II (National Theatre, 1972)
  • Measure for Measure (National Theatre, 1973)
  • Hamlet (National Theatre, 1974)
  • Julius Caesar (National Theatre, 1977)
  • King Lear (TV movie, 1983) as Regan
  • Richard II (National Theatre, 1995)
  • The Merry Wives of Windsor (National Theatre, 1995)
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (National Theatre, 2001)
  • The WInter’s Tale (National Theatre, 2001)
  • Hamlet (National Theatre, 2001)


Bill Murray (Olive Kitteridge)

Appeared in:

  • Hamlet (2000) as Polonius
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Damian Lewis (Wolf Hall)

Appeared in:
  • Much Ado About Nothing (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1996) as Don John
  • Cymbeline (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1997) as Posthumus Leonatus
  • ShakespeaRE-Told- Much Ado About Nothing (TV mini-series, 2005) as Benedick
  • Romeo and Juliet (2013) as Lord Capulet

Angela Bassett (American Horror Story: Freak Show)

Appeared in:
  • Macbeth (Joseph Papp Public Theater, 1998) as Lady Macbeth
 Did I miss someone? Which of these roles is your favourite? Leave a comment and let us know!

Shakespeare at the Movies- The Lego Movie

Since The Lego Movie is coming out this Friday (and looks completely awesome,) let’s go through the cast and see who has done some Shakespeare related work!
If you see the movie this weekend, be sure to keep an eye out for The Bard himself!


Morgan Freeman (Vitruvius)

Appeared in:

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


Keegan-Michael Key (Foreman Jim)

Appeared in:

  • The Second City’s Romeo and Juliet Musical: The People vs. Friar Laurence, the Man Who Killed Romeo and Juliet (Second City, 2004) as Romeo


Liam Neeson (Bad Cop/ Good Cop/ Pa Cop)

Appeared in:

  • Henry IV Part 1 (Lyric Players Theatre, 1976) as Percy
  • The Winter’s Tale (Dublin’s Abbery Theatre, 1979)


Jorma Taccone (William Shakespeare)

Appeared in:

  • The Lego Movie (2014) as William Shakespeare


Channing Tatum (Superman)

Appeared in:

  • She’s the Man (2006) as Duke