Shakespeare Film Festival

Part of  Festival Season 2013

See iconic depictions of Shakespeare's works on screen.

04-27 October 2013

Shakespeare's Birthplace

The new Shakespeare Film Festival developed by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust with Stratford Picturehouse and patroned by Sir Kenneth Branagh.

Enjoy a festival line-up of iconic depictions of Shakespeare's work on screen, featuring a fantastic line-up of films and other events, including pre-screening talks from leading figures from behind and in front of the camera. 

Please note: Q&As will commence 30 minutes before the screening times listed below.


  • 4th Oct, 18.15 - Much Ado About Nothing (Kenneth Branagh)
  • 6th Oct, 12.00 - Henry V (Laurence Olivier)
    With Prof Russell Jackson, Shakespearean advisor to Sir Kenneth Branagh
  • 9th Oct, 18.00 - Macbeth (RSC Production, Gregory Doran)
    With Professor Carol Rutter from Warwick University
  • 11th Oct, 20.30 - Ran (Japanese retelling of King Lear)
    With Prof Russell Jackson, Shakespearean advisor to Sir Kenneth Branagh, and Dr Patricia Lennox
  • 12th Oct, 11.15 - Gnomeo and Juliet (Kids Club retelling of Romeo and Juliet)
    With pre-screening activities from Escape Community Arts
  • 13th Oct, 12.00 - West Side Story (Musical retelling of Romeo and Juliet)
    With Struan Leslie, Head of Movement at the RSC
  • 14th Oct, 18.30 - Muse of Fire (Documentary, Giles Terera and Dan Poole)
  • 18th Oct, 18.30 - 10 Things I Hate About You (Retelling of The Taming of the Shrew)
  • 19th Oct, 18.30 - Iago on the Couch (Documentary, Institute of Psychoanalysis)
    With Don Campbell and David Bell
  • 20th Oct, 13.00 - Romeo and Juliet (Leonardo Di Caprio, Claire Danes)
    With Prof Russell Jackson, Shakespearean advisor to Sir Kenneth Branagh
  • 21st Oct, 20.00 - Reel Poetry - special Shakespeare-themed poetry evening
  • 23rd Oct, 19.00 - Hamlet (RSC production, David Tennant, Patrick Stewart)
    With Gregory Doran and John Wyver
  • 24th Oct, 17.20 - A Summer Hamlet (Documentary)
    With Helen Lawson, Joshua McGuire and Chris McGill from the Dusthouse
  • 25th Oct, 18.00 - Short Film Competition Awards Evening
  • 26th Oct, 12.00 - The Taming of the Shrew (Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton)
  • 27th Oct, 11.00 - Gnomeo and Juliet (Autism friendly screening)


Submit a Question for Special Guests

Look out for further announcements of special guest speakers and Q&A sessions, which commence 30 minutes before screenings. 

Whether or not you are able to attend any of the events at our film festival, you can still send us your questions via the comments section of each facebook event, or on twitter using the following hashtags.

Use #ShakesFF plus the relevant tag from this list:

  • #HenryV (Prof Russell Jackson)
  • #Macbeth (Prof Carol Rutter)
  • #Ran (Prof Russell Jackson & Patricia Lennox)
  • #WSS (West Side Story, Struan Leslie)
  • #Iago (Don Campbell & David Bell)
  • #Romeo (Prof Russell Jackson)
  • #Hamlet (Gregory Doran & John Wyver)
  • #Summer (Helen Lawson, Joshua McGuire & Chris McGill)



Venue: Stratford Picturehouse , Windsor Street, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6NL.

Tickets can be booked online through the Stratford Picturehouse website or by calling the box office on 08719 025 741.

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