Festivals

Houston in Love: Shakespeare's Best on Screen


For more than 35 years, the University of Houston has taken on the Bard in Houston's own version of Shakespeare in the Park. This year's Houston Shakespeare Festival will bring to life two of the playwright's most famous works, "Othello" and "The Taming of the Shrew." HSF productions are always free, which makes them accessible to a larger audience, something Shakespeare himself would have been proud of.

It's always a wonder to us that even 395 years after his death, Shakespeare's work is still being produced quite regularly; the guy is that good. William's writing hasn't been restricted to live theater either. There are at least 420 film and television versions of his plays that have been produced over the years.

Feeling overwhelmed by whether to rent Gnomeo and Juliet or Romeo Must Die? Art Attack has done the work for you and put together a list of some noteworthy film adaptations of the Bard's best.

A Midsummer Night's Dream Do you remember the Disney Shorts? They were often aired prior to Disney theatrical releases, sometimes based on famous pieces of literature or simply related to the movie they preceded. In 1999, Micky and the gang took on one of Shakespeare's most beloved comedies, A Midsummer Night's Dream. While it is bizarre and creepy that Donald plays the part of Demetrius trying to wed Minnie's Hermia, Goofy as the mischievous and un-Shakespearean-speaking Puck is, as always, brilliantly cast.

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Abby Koenig
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