The Phillips Library has a collection of videos including Shakespearean performances and documentaries. The series by BBC Television in association with Time-Life is housed in the Library and contains 37 of his plays. The titles are clusterea at Media PR2905 .
The Shakespeare's Globe Theatre production of Richard II from the 2003 Season of Regime Change, starring Mark Rylance and directed by Tim Carroll, aims to replicate the authentic Shakespearean experience as accurately as possible. This all-male interpretation was filmed and aired on BBC Four in late 2003. A number of clips from this "original practices" production are available on YouTube. In his dual role as actor and Artistic Director for the Globe Theatre, Rylance was recognized (and often criticized) for his attempts to envision and re-create Shakespeare's plays as they may have appeared to Shakespeare's original audiences. While watching this clip, observe the meticulous attention to detail in the construction of the Theatre, the stage decoration, and the lavish costumes. But, more importantly, pay attention to the interplay between actor and audience that the open playing space of the Globe Theatre encourages.
Marking his directorial debut, actor Ralph Fiennes (Schindler's List, The English Patient) takes the helm of a new film version of Coriolanus. The screenplay was written by John Logan (Gladiator, The Aviator, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street), and Fiennes gives Shakespeare's tale of Coriolanus, the hero and great soldier of Rome who falls from grace, a contemporary setting. The film was shot in Serbia and Fiennes employed a number of actual Serbian military men to play soldiers in the film. Aside from directing the film, Fiennes takes on the role of Coriolanus alongside a stellar cast which includes Gerard Butler as Aufidius, Brian Cox as Menenius, and Vanessa Redgrave as Volumina.
Director Julie Taymor changes the gender of the main character from Prospero to Prospera in her film version of Shakespeare's "The Tempest". The film's outstanding cast features Academy Award winner Helen Mirren as Prospera, Alfred Molina as Stephano, Russell Brand as Trinculo, and Djimon Hounsou as Caliban.
There have been a number of outstanding Hamlets throughout the ages - which recent stage or film Hamlet is your favorite?