William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare

Highest Rated: 98% Chimes at Midnight (1965)

Lowest Rated: 36% Measure for Measure (2019)

Birthday: Not Available

Birthplace: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England, UK

Widely considered the greatest playwright and poet in history, Englishman William Shakespeare wrote more than 35 plays and 150 sonnets during his lifetime. Born in the mid-1500s, Shakespeare became renowned for his historical and comedic plays, later penning tragedies and romances, some of which are his most celebrated works. Known as the "Bard of Avon," Shakespeare also sometimes appeared in his own plays. He died in 1616 while still in his early 50s, leaving behind a literary legacy that has only grown in following centuries. Key works in the theater canon, Shakespeare's plays have been performed the world over, regularly put on by troupes ranging from amateur ensembles to major theater companies. The Bard's works have also been filmed ad infinitum. Among some of the finest cinematic productions of Shakespeare's plays are Laurence Olivier's 1948 version of the tragedy "Hamlet" and Orson Welles' adaptation of the similarly moody "Macbeth," also released the same year. While many films have set the stories in the era of Shakespeare's life, others have reinterpreted his work in less traditional contexts, including Akira Kurosawa's "Throne of Blood" and "Ran," reworkings of "Macbeth" and "King Lear," respectively, that are set in feudal Japan. Other takes have transported Shakespearean tales to modern times, including Baz Luhrmann's heavily stylized "Romeo + Juliet" and Ralph Fiennes' "Coriolanus," which features the backdrop of a 21st-century military conflict. Shakespeare himself has also been depicted on screen various times, most notably by Joseph Fiennes in the Oscar-winning romance "Shakespeare in Love."




No Score Yet No Score Yet Coriolanus Screenwriter - 2019
36% 80% Measure for Measure Writer - 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Macbeth Screenwriter - 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Star Crossed Lovers Screenwriter - 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hamlet Screenwriter - 2016
71% No Score Yet Romeo and Juliet Screenwriter - 2014
No Score Yet 72% Macbeth Creator - 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet William Shakespeare's Henry V Screenwriter - 2007
71% 72% The Merchant of Venice Writer (Play) $3.8M 2004
59% 75% Scotland, Pa. Writer (Play) $384.1K 2001
64% 58% O Writer (Play) $16.4M 2001
59% 46% Hamlet Writer (Play) $1.6M 2000
60% 57% The King Is Alive Writer (Play) $103.5K 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bleeder Writer (Play) - 2000
49% 40% Love's Labour's Lost Writer (Play) $284.3K 2000
67% 60% William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream Writer (Play) - 1999
68% 86% Titus Writer (Play) $1.9M 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Macbeth in Manhattan Writer - 1999
81% 79% Looking for Richard Writer $1.4M 1996
72% 77% William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet Writer (Play) $46.4M 1996
95% 90% Hamlet Writer (Play) $4.4M 1996
90% 86% Much Ado About Nothing Writer (Play) $22.5M 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet As You Like It Writer (Play) - 1992
67% 84% Prospero's Books Writer $1.1M 1991
79% 80% My Own Private Idaho Writer $6.4M 1991
97% 95% Ran Writer (Play) $454K 1985
55% 74% Tempest Writer (Play) - 1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Midsummer Night's Dream Writer - 1981
67% 86% King Lear Writer (Play) - 1971
83% 74% The Taming of the Shrew Writer - 1967
No Score Yet 40% Romeo and Juliet Writer (Play) - 1966
98% 85% Chimes at Midnight Writer $123.4K 1965
96% 85% Forbidden Planet Writer - 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet Merchant of Venice Writer - 1953
85% 76% Macbeth Writer - 1948
95% 80% Hamlet Writer (Play) - 1948
75% 67% A Double Life Writer - 1947
91% 62% A Midsummer Night's Dream Writer - 1935


98% 82% Henry V: The Hollow Crown Writer 2016 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Studio One Writer 1950-1951


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