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William Shakespeare - Inspired

Updated: February 24, 2018

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.

Selected titles from LAPL's collection, in connection with an exhibit that was at the Central Library, Getty Gallery, November 2016 to February 2017, from the Folger Library:  America's Shakespeare - The Bard Goes West.

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.