Robert Downey Jr.

Shakespeare at the Movies- The Avengers: Age of Ultron

The Avengers: Age of Ultron is being released in North America this week, and certainly needs no introduction. One of the biggest film franchises of the modern day, the Age of Ultron cast brings loads of experience performing Shakespeare’s works on screen and in the theatre. Let’s find out who has played what roles!

Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark/ Iron Man)

Robert Downey Jr

Appeared in:

  • Richard III (1995) as Lord Rivers

Elizabeth Olsen (Wanda Maximoff/ Scarlet Witch)


Appeared in:

  • Romeo and Juliet (Classic Stage Company, 2013) as Juliet

Paul Bettany (Jarvis/ Vision)


Appeared in:

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

Idris Elba (Heimdall)


Appeared in:

  • Trolius and Cressida (American Place Theater, 2001) as Achilles

Stellan Skarsgard (Erik Selvig)


Appeared in:

  • Romeo and Juliet (2013) as Prince of Verona
  • Den tragiska historien om Hamlet – Prins av Danmark (TV Movie, 1985) as Hamlet

Andy Serkis (Ulysses Klaue)


Appeared in:

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

Julie Delpy (Madame B)


Appeared in:

  • King Lear (1987) as Virginia

Henry Goodman (Dr. List)


Appeared in:

  • Two Gentlemen of Verona (Royal National Theatre, 1999)
  • The Merchant of Venice (Royal National Theatre, 1999)
  • Richard II (Royal National Theatre, 1995)
  • The Merry Wives of Windsor (Royal National Theatre, 1995)
  • Pericles (Royal National Theatre, 1994)
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Royal National Theatre, 1992)
  • Hamlet (Royal National Theatre, 1990)
  • Richard III (Royal National Theatre, 1990)
  • 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)
  • The Comedy of Errors (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1983)

Joss Whedon (Director)



  • Much Ado About Nothing (2012)

Which of these roles is your favourite? Did I miss someone? 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 in The Park? Doth mother know you weareth her drapes?

I am sure most of you know where that quote came from. No, it wasn’t in any of Shakespeare’s plays! It comes from a little film you might have heard of called The Avengers. It only had the biggest opening weekend results of all time!

Anyways, I just thought that I would share with all of you the casts’ Shakespeare connection!

Robert Downey Jr.- Tony Stark/Iron Man

Robert Downey Jr. has appeared in Richard III, a film version of the play with a modern twist released in 1995.

Gwyneth Paltrow- Pepper Potts

One of Gwyneth’s most famous roles was that of Viola in the Shakespeare In Love. It was released in 1998, and gave Gwyneth her first Oscar for Best Actress!

Tom Hiddleston- Loki

Tom Hiddleston is the cast member with the most Shakespeare related experience. He has appeared in stage versions of Cymbeline, Othello, and Twelfth Night. He is currently working on two made for TV movie versions of Henry IV and Henry V, which will be released later this year!

Joss Whedon- Director

You don’t have to be an actor to work on Shakespeare related projects! Joss Whedon is currently working on a modern retelling of Much Ado About Nothing, being responsible for writing the screenplay! This project is due to be released sometime later this year.

Take a look at your favorite actors’ body of work, and see if you can find a Shakespeare influence! Leave me a message with your findings!