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William Shakespeare - Inspired

Updated: February 28, 2017

Over the centuries William Shakespeare's works have inspired ballets, motion pictures, musicals and operas. The following is a selection of these works available the LAPL collection.

Rodgers, Richard, 1902-1979.
Call Number: CD Musicals

Musical based on The comedy of errors.

Call Number: DVD

During World War II, a faithful dresser prepares an aging, cantankerous actor for a performance of King Lear.

Verdi, Giuseppe, 1813-1901.
Call Number: DVD 782.5 V48Fa-1

Based on a character in The merry wives of Windsor.

Thomas, Ambroise, 1811-1896.
Call Number: DVD 782.5 T454Ha

Call Number: CD Musicals

References Hamlet.

Verdi, Giuseppe, 1813-1901.
Call Number: DVD 782.5 V48Ot

Call Number: DVD J R1855

Akira Kurosawa's interpretation of King Lear, set in 16th century Japan.

Gounod, Charles, 1818-1893.
Call Number: DVD 782.5 G711Ro

Call Number: DVD

A comedy about William Shakespeare who is suffering from writer's block  A love affair with a beautiful woman inspires him once again to write.

Call Number: DVD

References Macbeth, Taming of the shrew, Midsummer night's dream, Much ado about nothing

Call Number: DVD

An early James Ivory film, with Ruth Prawer Jhabvala's screenplay of The Shakespeare wallah: the autobiography of Geoffrey KendallIt is Kendall's story of how he and his daughter, Felicity Kendall, and a troupe of actors traveled around India performing Shakespeare's plays.

Call Number: DVD

In 17th century England women were not permitted to act on the stage, but one woman dares to perform as Desdemona in Othello.

Call Number: DVD J Ed.a

References Macbeth.