Shakespeare's Comedies on Film

10 Things I Hate About You
A Midsummer Night's Dream Twelfth Night

Shakespeare's tragedies start with a wedding and end with a funeral, while his comedies start with a funeral and end in a wedding. As the Colorado Shakespeare Festival wraps up this weekend, let's end it on a happy note with these Shakespearean comedies made for the big screen.

  • 10 Things I Hate About You - Set in a Seattle high school, this adaptation of Taming of the Shrew was Heath Ledger's movie debut. Julia Stiles and Joseph Gordon-Levitt round out the merry cast.
  • As You Like It - Like many Shakespearean film adaptations, Kenneth Branagh is the director. Bryce Dallas Howard plays the irrepressible Rosalind.
  • Kiss Me Kate - This musical version of Taming of the Shrew stars Kathryn Grayson, Howard Keel and Ann Miller.
  • Love's Labour's Lost - Kenneth Branagh directs Nathan Lane, Matthew Lillard, Natascha McElhone, and Alicia Silverstone, in this musical rendition of one of Shakespeare's most unusual works.
  • The Merchant of Venice - Far more dramatic and bitter than his other comedies, this version stars Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons and Joseph Fiennes.
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream - Featuring far too many well known actors to name them all, this boisterous film is lovingly loyal to the original work.
  • Much Ado About Nothing - Denzel Washington and Keanu Reeves - brothers? They are in this film, also directed by Kenneth Branagh.
  • The Taming of the Shrew - Franco Zeffirelli directs Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor in this zesty and cinematic version of Shakespeare's play.
  • Twelfth Night - Set in Victorian times and starring Helena Bonham-Carter, mistaken identity and gender confusion keep everyone on their toes!

The Colorado Shakespeare Festival has been recognized as one of the premier Shakespearean festivals in the nation. Going on until August 8, there is much to do, see and experience!

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