Shakespeare at the Movies- X-Men: Days of Future Past

I am sure that most of you are well aware of the fact that the latest installment in the X-Men franchise was released last weekend. The cast of X-Men: Days of Future Past has a great range of experience performing Shakespeare, from one performance under their belt, to seasoned veterans of the stage!

How do you think an actors experience with Shakespeare can help shape their performance in huge Blockbusters like this? Leave a comment and let us know!


James McAvoy (Charles Xavier)

Appeared in:

  • Macbeth (Trafalgar Studios, 2013) as Macbeth
  • Gnomeo and Juliet (2011) as Gnomeo
  • Shakespeare Re-Told (2005 TV mini-series) as Joe Macbeth
  • Romeo and Juliet (Perth Theatre Company)
  • The Tempest (Bunton Theatre Company) as Ferdinand
  • Westside Story (Courtyard Theatre, 1999) as Riff


Michael Fassbender (Erik Lahnsherr)

Appeared in:

  • Macbeth (2014) as Macbeth


Nicholas Hoult (Hank McCoy/ Beast)

Appeared in:

  • Warm Bodies (movie inspired by Romeo and Juliet, 2013) as “R”


Peter Dinklage (Dr. Bolivar Trask)

Appeared in:

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


Ian McKellen (Magneto)

Appeared in:

  • King Lear (TV movie, 2008) as King Lear
  • 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


Patrick Stewart (Professor X)

Appeared in:

  • The Hollow Crown- Richard II (TV mini-series, 2012) as John of Gaunt
  • Great Performances- Macbeth (TV series, 2012) as Macbeth
  • Gnomeo and Juliet (2011) as Bill Shakespeare
  • The Merchant of Venice (Royal Shakespeare Company , 2011) as Shylock
  • Hamlet (TV movie, 2009) as Claudius/ Ghost
  • Twelfth Night (Chichester Festival Theatre, 2007) as Malvolio
  • Macbeth (Chichester Festival Theatre, 2007) as Macbeth
  • Othello (Shakespeare Theater, 1997) as Othello
  • The Tempest (on Broadway, 1995)
  • King Lear (British National Theatre, 1986)
  • Hamlet (British National Theatre, 1986)
  • Henry IV Part 1 and 2 (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1982)
  • The Winter’s Tale (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1981 and 1982)
  • Titus Andronicus (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1981)
  • Two Gentlemen of Verona (Royal Shakespeare Company,1970 and 1981)
  • Hamlet, Prince of Denmark (TV movie, 1980) as Claudius
  • The Merchant of Venice (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1979)
  • Antony and Cleopatra (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1972 and 1979)
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Royal Shakespeare Company,1971 and 1977)
  • Antony and Cleopatra (TV movie, 1974) as Enobarbus
  • Julius Caesar (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1973)
  • Coriolanus (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1972)
  • The Tempest (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1970)
  • King John (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1970)
  • Richard III (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1970)
  • As You Like It (Royal Shakespeare Company,1967 and 1968)
  • Much Ado About Nothing (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1968)
  • Trolius and Cressida (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1968)
  • King Lear (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1968)
  • All’s Well That Ends Well (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1967)
  • The Taming of the Shrew (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1967)
  • Hamlet (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1966) as Player 1
  • The Merchant of Venice (Old Vic Theatre, 1965)