Released to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, National Theatre Shakespeare draws together a wealth of incredible archive material on the 55 Shakespeare productions the NT has staged to-date, from Peter O’Toole’s Hamlet in 1963 and the 1964 all-male production of As You Like It, to the critically acclaimed 2013 production of Othello and Sam Mendes’ King Lear in 2014. Packed with videos, production photographs, costume and set designs, annotated scripts and more, it gives a unique glimpse behind the scenes at the NT and demonstrates Shakespeare’s continuing relevance to the modern stage.


• Exclusive video interviews with Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Joan Plowright, Zoë Wanamaker, and many more;
• An interactive timeline of production posters;
• Hundreds of production and rehearsal photographs, costume illustrations, set designs, technical images, annotated scripts and other content from a selection of National Theatre productions;
• An introduction to each production from journalist and critic Benedict Nightingale;
• Cast and Production lists from all 55 productions

Productions included are:
1963. Hamlet
1964. Othello
1965. Much Ado About Nothing
1967. As You Like It
1968. Love's Labour's Lost
1970. The Merchant of Venice
1971. Coriolanus
1972. Richard II
1972. Macbeth
1974. The Tempest
1975. Hamlet
1977. Julius Caesar
1978. Macbeth
1979. As You Like It
1979. Richard III
1980. Othello
1981. Measure for Measure
1981. Much Ado About Nothing
1982. A Midsummer Night's Dream
1984. Coriolanus
1986. King Lear
1987. Antony and Cleopatra
1988. Cymbeline (Late Plays)
1988. The Tempest (Late Plays)
1988. The Winter's Tale (Late Plays)
1989. Hamlet
1990. Richard III
1990. King Lear
1992. A Midsummer Night's Dream
1993. Macbeth
1994. Pericles
1995. The Merry Wives of Windsor
1995. Richard II
1995. Titus Andronicus
1997. King Lear
1997. Othello
1998. Antony and Cleopatra
1999. The Merchant of Venice
1999. Troilus and Cressida
2000. Hamlet
2000. Romeo and Juliet
2001. The Winter's Tale
2003. Henry V
2003. Love's Labour's Lost
2004. Measure for Measure
2005. Henry IV – Parts 1 & 2
2007. Much Ado About Nothing
2009. All's Well That Ends Well
2010. Hamlet
2011. Twelfth Night
2011. The Comedy of Errors
2012. Timon of Athens
2013. Othello
2014. King Lear
2015. As You Like It

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