My favorite Shakespeare-related works [Shakespeare Week]

Shakespeare in LoveShakespeare’s 450th birthday is this week, so I’m sharing some of my favorite Shakespeare-related things.

On Tuesday, I shared my favorite film versions of Shakespeare’s plays. Today, I’m sharing my favorite works inspired by Shakespeare. Most are [versions] of the plays, some are simply inspired by the plays or Shakespeare’s life.

1. 10 Things I Hate About You – This is one of my favorite versions of The Taming of the Shrew. I think it’s the first movie I saw Heath Ledger in. It’s one of those movies I pull out when I’m down because it always makes me feel better.

10 Things I Hate About You (1999) – Trailer

2. She’s The Man – I love this version of Twelfth Night. Amanda Bynes‘ character tries to pass as her brother so she can play soccer, and hilarity ensues.

She’s The Man – Trailer

3. Atomic Shakespeare – This episode of Moonlighting was my first experience of Shakespeare that I remember. I don’t think it was my absolute first experience, because I recall having an idea who Shakespeare was when the episode aired, but I’m pretty sure it was the first sort of performance I saw. It may have been the gateway drug to my current obsession. Just an aside: Does the Moonlighting theme make you go all gooey the way it does me? Ahem…anyway, I was lucky enough to find the whole episode:

Moonlighting 3×07 Atomic Shakespeare

4. ShakespeaRe-Told: The Taming of the Shrew – I can’t include all the ShakespeaRe-Told series because I wasn’t able to see all of them. Of those I did see, this was my absolute favorite. Many men look absolutely ridiculous in drag, but a handful look damn sexy. Rufus Sewell is one of them. The rest of the cast is perfect as well – Shirley Henderson (from Harry Potter), Jaime Murray (from Warehouse 13), and Twiggy! I couldn’t find a proper trailer, but this fan video does a pretty good job of highlighting the best parts. (Can I have that velvet coat, pretty please?)

Taming of the Shrew – Sweet Escape

5. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead – Unfortunately, this is a movie I often recommend to people who then come back and say “I don’t get it.” It is a bit surreal, but that’s part of what I love about it. This was another introduction to actors I still love today: Gary Oldman and Tim Roth. Again, I couldn’t find an official trailer, so a fan-made one will have to do.

Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead Trailer

6. Shakespeare In Love – Also by Tom Stoppard, who wrote Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, this one is an imagining of a part of Shakespeare’s life. I love all the little easter eggs in the story. This is another one I watch when I’m down.

Shakespeare in Love Official Trailer #1

Are there any I’ve missed that you would recommend? I know I still have several “updates” of Shakespeare in my Netflix queue which I haven’t seen yet. Those (or your suggestions) might make it into next year’s list.

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