Our Favorite Shakespeare Screen Adaptations

There’s no denying that William Shakespeare is popular in Ashland, Oregon. Literary ingenuity aside, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival ensures his legacy remains at the forefront of visitors’ minds. And in Hollywood, they’re breathing new life into his timeless tales as well. These are just a few of our favorite screen adaptations.

10 Things I Hate About You

“I burn, I pine, I perish,” not only is it in the first scene of 10 Things I Hate About You, it’s in the first scene of – wait for it – Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew.” A modern take on the comedy, the cinematic version follows Kat Stratford, a brazen and bold high school senior who makes her sister Bianca’s dating life a living nightmare. Well, until the rebellious Patrick Verona finally gets Kat to let her guard down.

The Lion King

What Shakespeare play features a prince whose father is killed by an evil uncle and later exiled from his home? Ah, that’s right, Hamlet. While we all root for Hamlet as he returns to avenge his father’s death, we’re pleased to announce the Disney rendition offers a more euphoric conclusion. The Lion King is arguably more loosely based on this classic – far less tragic – but the general synopsis is virtually the same.

She’s the Man

See, Shakespeare can be just as enticing in a present-day setting. The popular film She’s the Man parallels “Twelfth Night,” where the female protagonists take on the disguise of a man. Ultimately, both women find themselves swooning over the man they live and work beside (Duke Orsino).


What is your favorite screen adaptation?

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