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Here is a reorganized ordinal list of all the videos I requested, with the highest priorities on the top and the lowest on the bottom: 

  1. The 1996 documentary Looking for Richard, produced and directed by Al Pacino.
    1. Available to rent for 3.99 on Amazon or buy for individual streaming only 12.99 - Out of Print on DVD 
    2. Unavailable for Library to purchase.
  2. The PBS series Shakespeare Uncovered (all three seasons, but particularly the episodes concerning The Merchant of Venice (Season 3)Julius Caesar (Season 3)Much Ado About Nothing (Season 3)Measure for Measure (Season 3), Hamlet (Season 1)Henry IV & V (Season 1)Richard II (Season 1),Othello (Season 2), and The Comedies (Season 1)).
    1. ‚Äč Library already has these on live stream via Films on Demand
    2. I can embed the links directly into ulearn for your students.
  3. The 2004 film of The Merchant of Venice with Al Pacino;
    1. Available to rent for 3.99 on Amazon or buy for individual streaming only 12.99 - 
    2. Available for purchase on DVD
  4. The 1996 film of Twelfth Night with Helena Bonham Carter & Imogene Stubbs;
    1. Twelfth Night: Or What You Will DVD Available for 18.56 at Amazon

  5. The 1993 film version of Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Kenneth Branagh. Available via Amazon on DVD for 5.00
  6. The PBS series The Hollow Crown (both seasons, 2012 and 2016 – because Season 1 contains both Richard II and Henry IV Part1 (with Tom Hiddleston & Jeremy Irons)while Season 2 includes Richard III with Benedict Cumberbatch); I believe available via Films on Demand?
  7. The David Tennant Hamlet (2009(The library already has these on live stream);Films on Demand
  8. 1995 film of Othello with Laurence Fishburne and Kenneth BranaghAvailable to rent for 3.99 on Amazon or buy for individual streaming only 12.99 - Buy on DVD
  9. The 2006 film of As You Like It, directed by Kenneth Branagh, Available for 15.00 via Amazon
  10. The 1995 film of Richard III with Ian McKellen; Available for 17.00 via Amazon as part of a Robert Downey Jr Collection.
  11. The video of the 2003 stage version of Richard II with Mark Rylance; Unavailable in any format
  12. The video of the 2013 stage version of Twelfth Night with Mark Rylance and Stephen Fry; Available via Amazon for 33.00 DVD
  13. The video of the 2011 stage version of Much Ado About Nothing with David Tennant and Catherine Tate; Unavailable in any format
  14. The Benedict Cumberbatch Hamlet (2015); Unavailable in any format
  15. The 2012 film version of Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Joss Whedon. Available on Amazon for 7.79 DVD or 2.99 streaming
  16. The Kenneth Branagh Hamlet (1996); available for 14.00 DVD
  17. The Orson Welles film Chimes at Midnight. Available via Amazon for 15.00 on BluRay
  18. 2018 film of Twelfth Night directed by Adam Smethurst Available to stream free on Amazon Prime


It looks like the library has a livestream video of the 1970 Charleton Heston / Jason Robards film of Julius Caesar, which is certainly one I can use.




Hi Sarah,


Thank you so much!


So far as I can tell, the CRN next year is going to be 27182, but I don’t know when they’re going to create a ULearn page for it.  (My name isn’t even officially on the course yet in Banner, so I doubt that they’d let me request one.  Maybe I can call the IT people and they can create a dummy course that we can fill with content and then copy over to the actual course page once it exists?)


However, maybe there’s some research or other preparation we can do in advance?


I’ve actually done a lot of thinking & related research about this course in the last month or so.  I think that I’m going to want to have the students view at least two complete performances of each play and I’d like them to have three versions to choose from, so I’m hoping that we can create links that will allow them to see those performances.


The plays I’d like to have the students read/watch would be:


  • Richard II (added to tab)
  • Richard III(added to tab)
  • Henry IV Part 1(added to tab)
  • Julius Caesar (added to tab)
  • Much Ado About Nothing (added to tab)
  • Twelfth Night (added to tab)
  • As You Like It (added to tab)
  • The Merchant of Venice (added to tab)
  • Measure for Measure (added to tab)
  • Othello (added to tab)
  • Hamlet (added to tab)


To clarify, I don’t plan to cover all of these in class; there will probably be only 6-7 in-class plays.  But I want them all available to the students, because the ones we don’t cover in class will be the subject of student projects/papers/etc.


What I have below is a “wish list;” these are the performances I’d dearly love for the students to be able to see.  I think a few of the items below are already available for live-streaming through our library.  As for the others, I don’t know how difficult it would be for you make them available:


  • The 2004 film of The Merchant of Venice with Al Pacino;
  • The 1996 film of Twelfth Night with Helena Bonham Carter & Imogene Stubbs;
  • The PBS series The Hollow Crown (both seasons, 2012 and 2016 – because Season 1 contains both Richard II and Henry IV Part1 (with Tom Hiddleston & Jeremy Irons), while Season 2 includes Richard III with Benedict Cumberbatch);
  • The 1995 film of Richard III with Ian McKellen;
  • The video of the 2003 stage version of Richard II with Mark Rylance;
  • The video of the 2013 stage version of Twelfth Night with Mark Rylance and Stephen Fry;
  • The video of the 2011 stage version of Much Ado About Nothing with David Tennant and Catherine Tate;
  • The 1993 film version of Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Kenneth Branagh.
  • The 2012 film version of Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Joss Whedon.
  • The Benedict Cumberbatch Hamlet (2015);
  • The David Tennant Hamlet (2009);
  • The Kenneth Branagh Hamlet (1996);
  • 1995 film of Othello with Laurence Fishburne and Kenneth Branagh;
  • The 2006 film of As You Like It, directed by Kenneth Branagh,


I think, but am not sure, that I’d like the Laurence Olivier version of Richard III and Hamlet.


I am also hoping we can find more videos/films to fill out the selection:


  • 1 more good version of Richard II;
  • 1 more good version of Twelfth Night;
  • 1-2 more good versions of Henry IV Part 1;
  • 1-2 more good versions of Othello;
  • 1-2 more good versions of The Merchant of Venice;
  • 1-2 more good versions of As You Like It;
  • 2-3 good versions of Julius Caesar;
  • 2-3 good versions of Measure for Measure


Also on my wish list:  videos that contain critical perspectives that I’m sure I want so far (if we can get them):


  • The 1996 documentary Looking for Richard, produced and directed by Al Pacino, which contains a marvelous introduction to Shakespeare and an in-depth discussion of Richard III.
  • The PBS series Shakespeare Uncovered (all three seasons, but particularly the episodes concerning The Merchant of Venice (Season 3), Julius Caesar (Season 3), Much Ado About Nothing (Season 3), Measure for Measure (Season 3), Hamlet (Season 1), Henry IV & V (Season 1), Richard II (Season 1), Othello (Season 2), and The Comedies (Season 1)).


Also on my wish list:  books of criticism concerning Shakespeare that would be available either in hardcopy or electronically:


  • Will in the World by Stephen Greenblatt;
  • Shakespeare, Our Contemporary by Jan Kott;
  • This is Shakespeare by Emma Smith;
  • Tyrant by Stephen Greenblatt.


(And probably other books, but I don’t know which ones yet.  Maybe you can suggest some?)


I saw that you had some videos on “Shakespeare in perspective” etc.; I haven’t looked at them yet, but I will.


Since this is a course about different ways of interpreting Shakespeare onstage with a view towards its political implications, I’d like as many sources as possible (text, video, whatever) about how each of the above plays was performed/produced in different times/places, and what it meant to those specific audiences.  (I saw one video in our library livestream about an Arabic-language adaptation of Richard III that was created during/after the fall of Saddam Hussein; that’s a great example.)  Also, if there are places you think the students could go to begin research on such a topic, that would be great too.


I realize this is a long, kind of rambling list of wishes.  I’m giving it all to you now so that you can tell me what’s easy or difficult for us to get/arrange, and what some alternative strategies might be.


It’s great to be working with you!  Any and all opinions would be most welcome.







Hi Sarah,


I’ve noticed that for some plays, the links we have to text versions contain no footnotes and no line numbers.  Students have a great deal of difficulty with Shakespeare if there aren’t explanatory footnotes, and one refers to Shakespeare plays according to their line numbers, so the lack of those things is a problem.  This seems to be true of:


  • Richard III
  • Henry IV Part 1
  • As You Like It


Also, we don’t seem to have any electronic link at all for Much Ado About Nothing.


The other plays, which we seem to have have in Oxford and/or Yale editions online, are fine; it’s the ones from Lerner Publishing Group (5th Avenue Classics) that are the problem.


If we can’t get links to the Oxford or Yale versions of the four plays mentioned above, can we look for other links?  I’m pretty sure there are several public-domain web sites that contain acceptable Shakespeare texts.


Thanks so much!

Below are a variety of film versions of As You Like It as well as Shakespeare's play itself. Please reach out to me directly for help finding additional resources at, via Ask a Librarian, or  by phone at 401-498-5019.  I'm here for you!


“Olivier's As You Like It.” Films Media Group, 1936, Accessed 21 July 2019. (e-video)

“As You Like It: Live from Shakespeare's Globe.” Films Media Group, 2009, Accessed 21 July 2019. (e-video)




Shakespeare, William. As You Like It, Lerner Publishing Group, 2000. ProQuest Ebook Central, (e-book)

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