A quintet of the finest Shakespeare adaptations in one box set! Featuring 'The Taming Of The Shrew', 'King Lear', 'Macbeth', 'Henry V' and 'Hamlet'.
The Taming Of The Shrew: Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton sparkle in Shakespeare's comic look at male chauvinism and women's lib. Petruchio journeys to Padua in search of a wealthy wife, encountering the fiery Katharina, a self willed shrew who leads Petruchio on a merry chase with Katharina as determined to maintain her independence as Petruchio is to 'tame' her.
King Lear: To see Paul Scofield as Lear is to see nobility turn to pauperdom, pride to a frenzy of madness, manhood to senility, in the course of a single and unique dramatic experience. Directed by Peter Brook, his mastery and maturity are seen at their most stunning level.
Macbeth: Roman Polanski presents his nightmarish vision of Shakespeare's classic tragedy about the lust for power and its bloody consequences. Prompted by the supernatural prophecy of three witches, Macbeth is goaded by his lady into slaying King Duncan and assuming his throne.
Henry V: Branagh's Henry V is a coming of age film, following a young playboy prince as he is forced to assume the responsibility of leadership, through the siege of Harfleur and Henry's stirring exhortation to his small army, to the dramatic victory at Agincourt.
Hamlet: Nicol Williamson stars as Hamlet, the young prince of Denmark whose father is murdered by his uncle Claudius. Hamlet is torn between the desire to avenge his father's death and the reluctance to shed blood. In the end, tragedy destroys them all...
Year 1967 ; 1971 ; 1971 ; 1989 ; 1969
Duration 10 hours 28 minutes (approx)
Certificate: 15 Suitable for Persons Aged 15 or Over