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Shakespeare in the Heilbrun Music & Media Library: A Guide to Audio and Visual Resources: Comedies

A curated list of audio and video recordings of Shakespeare's plays available for check-out in the Marian K. Heilbrun Music and Media Library

Comedies in the Collection

"I cannot tell what the dickens his name is." - The Merry Wives of Windsor

Greetings, ye foolish gnats* and sanctimonious pirates**! Want to see and hear more mellifluous monikers and pithy aphorisms from Shakespeare's comedies? If so, check out the titles listed below. By clicking on a link, you will be taken to the catalog record in discoverE where you can find bibliographical information for each item as well as call numbers and availability details.

 

* Comedy of errors

**Measure for Measure

Comedies in the DVD-LEND collection

From the DVD-LEND Collection:

All's Well That Ends Well

  • All's well that ends well (1980)

    • by William Shakespeare ; presented by the British Broadcasting Corporation ; producer, Jonathan Miller ; director, Elijah Moshinsky.

  • All's well that ends well (2011)

    • a Shakespeare's Globe Production ; directed for the stage by John Dove ; directed for the screen by Robin Lough ; produced by Lotte Buchan, Conrad Lynch.

As You Like It

  • As you like it (1978)

    • by William Shakespeare ; presented by the British Broadcasting Corporation ; producer, Cedric Messina; director, Basil Coleman.

  • As you like it (2006)

    • HBO Films presents in association with BBC Films, a Shakespeare Film Company production ; produced by Kenneth Branagh, Judy Hofflund, Simon Moseley ; adapted for the screen and directed by Kenneth Branagh.

Comedy of Errors

  • The comedy of errors (1983)

    • by William Shakespeare ; presented by the British Broadcasting Corporation ; producer, Shaun Sutton ; director, James Cellan Jones.

  • Aṅgūra (1982)

    • produced by Jai Singh ; directed by Gulzar ; music, R.D. Burman.

Love's Labour's Lost

  • Love's labour's lost (1980)

    • by William Shakespeare ; presented by the British Broadcasting Corporation ; Producer, Shaun Sutton ; director, Elijah Moshinsky.

  • Love's labour's lost a romantic musical comedy (2000)

    • Intermedia ; the Shakespeare Film Company ; Stanley Donen and Martin Scorsese present a Miramax Films and Intermedia Films presentation ; in association with Pathé Pictures, the Arts Council of England and Le Studio Canal Plus ; a Shakespeare Film Company production ; produced by David Barron, Kenneth Branagh ; adapted for the screen and directed by Kenneth Branagh.

Measure for Measure

  • Measure for measure (1979)

    • by William Shakespeare ; presented by the British Broadcasting Corporation ; producer, Cedric Messina; director, Desmond Davis.

  • Measure for measure (online resource) (2007)

    • Lucky Strike Productions ; Press On Features ; directed by Bob Komar ; produced by Simon Phillips.

Merchant of Venice

Merry Wives of Windsor

  • The merry wives of Windsor (1982)

    • by William Shakespeare ; presented by the British Broadcasting Corporation ; producer, Shaun Sutton ; director, David Jones. 

  • The merry wives of Windsor (2010)

    • Shakespeare's Globe presents ; [written] by William Shakespeare ; stage director, Christopher Luscombe ; screen director, Robin Lough ; producers, Conrad Lynch, Lotte Buchan. 

Midsummer Night's Dream

  • The dream (2004)

    • American Ballet Theatre ; choreography by Frederick Ashton ; based on A midsummer night's dream by William Shakespeare ; music by Felix Mendelssohn, arranged by John Lanchbery ; staged by Anthony Dowell, with Christopher Carr. 

  • A midsummer night's dream (2000)

    •  by William Shakespeare ; presented by the British Broadcasting Corporation ; producer, Jonathan Miller ; director, Elijah Moshinsky.

  • A midsummer night's dream (1996)

    • Miramax Films ; Channel Four Films with the Arts Council of England and Capitol Films present an Edenwood production ; directed and adapted by Adrian Noble ; produced by Paul Arnott. 

  • A midsummer night's dream (2013)

    • Globe on Screen presents ; by William Shakespeare ; directed for the screen by Robin Lough ; producers, Lotte Buchan, Helen Hillman. 

  • A midsummer night's dream (1968)

    • The Royal Shakespeare Company and Filmways present Peter Hall's film of ; by William Shakespeare ; produced by Michael Birkett ; directed by Peter Hall. 

  • Were the World Mine (loosely based) (2008)

    • Speak Productions in association with The Group Entertainment and Logo ; a SpeakProductions film ; directed by Tom Gustafson ; written by Cory James Krueckeberg & Tom Gustafson ; produced by Tom Gustafson, Cory James Krueckeberg & Peter Sterling. 

  • William Shakespeare's A Midsummer night's dream (1999)

    • Fox Searchlight Pictures and Regency Enterprises present ; a Michael Hoffman film. 

Much Ado about Nothing

  • Much ado about nothing (1984)

    • by William Shakespeare ; presented by the British Broadcasting Corporation ; produced by Shaun Sutton ; directed by Stuart Burge. 

  • Much ado about nothing (1993)

    • by William Shakespeare ; Samuel Goldwyn Co. presents a Renaissance Films production ; adapted for the screen by Kenneth Branagh ; produced by Stephen Evans, David Parfitt, and Kenneth Branagh ; directed by Kenneth Branagh. 

  • Much ado about nothing (2013)

    • a Shakespeare's Globe production, Globe Theater on Screen ; directed for the stage by Jeremy Herrin ; directed for the screen by Robin Lough ; produced by Lotte Buchan, Conrad Lynch. 

  • Much ado about nothing (2013)

    • Lionsgate presents a Bellwether production ; distributed by Roadside Attractions ; a film by Joss Whedon ; produced by Kai Cole, Joss Whedon ; adapted for the screen and directed by Joss Whedon. 

  • William Shakespeare's much ado about nothing (1973)

    • New York Shakespeare Festival ; produced by Joseph Papp ; directed by A.J. Antoon. 

Taming of the Shrew

  • 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

    • Touchstone Pictures presents a Mad Chance/Jaret Entertainment production ; produced by Andrew Lazar ; written by Karen McCullah Lutz & Kirsten Smith ; directed by Gil Junger. 

  • Kiss me, Kate (1999)

    • produced for the stage by Roger Berlind and Roger Horchow ; directed for the stage and adapted for television, Michael Blakemore ; produced by Richard Price, Andy Pincheta ; directed by Chris Hunt. 

  • McLintock!  (1963)

    • Batjac presents ; original screenplay by James Edward Grant ; produced by Michael Wayne ; directed by Andrew V. McLaglen. 

  • The taming of the shrew (1980)

    • by William Shakespeare ; a presentation of the British Broadcasting Corporation ; produced and directed by Jonathan Miller. 

  • The taming of the shrew (2013)

    • Shakespeare's Globe ; by William Shakespeare ; directed for the stage by Toby Frow ; directed for the screen by Ross MacGibbon ; producer, Eva Koch-Schulte. 

  • The taming of the shrew (2002)

    • produced by Ken Campbell ; directed by William Ball and Kirk Browning. 

  • William Shakespeare's the taming of the shrew (1967)

    • Columbia Pictures Corporation presents a Burton-Zeffirelli production ; screenplay by Paul Dehn, Susu Cecchi D'Amico, Franco Zeffirelli ; directed by Franco Zeffirelli.

Tempest

  • The Forbidden Planet (loosely based) (1956)

    • Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer ; screen play by Cyril Hume ; produced by Nicholas Nayfack ; directed by Fred McLeod Wilcox. The invisible boy / Pan Production ; produced by Nicholas Nayfack ; screen play by Cyril Hume ; directed by Herman Hoffman. 

  • The tempest (2010)

    • Touchstone Pictures and Miramax Films present a Miranda Films, Talkstory Productions, Artemis Films production; in association with Mumbai Mantra Media Limited ; in association with Prologue Films ; directed by Julie Taymor ; screenplay by Julie Taymor ; produced by Julie Taymor, Robert Chartoff, Lynn Hendee ; produced by Julia Taylor-Stanley, Jason K. Lau. 

  • The tempest (2013)

    • Shakespeare's Globe ; Globe on Screen presents ; by William Shakespeare ; directed for the screen by Ian Russell ; producers, Lotte Buchan, Helen Hillman.

  • The tempest (1979)

    • London Films ; produced by Don Boyd, Guy Ford, Mordecai Schreiber ; screenplay, Derek Jarman ; directed by Derek Jarman. 

  • The tempest (2013)

    • the Metropolitan Opera presents ; composer, Thomas Adès ; libretto by Meredith Oakes ; production by Robert Lepage ; directed by Gary Halvorson ; producers, Louisa Briccetti, Victoria Warivonchik. 

  • Tempest (1982)

    • Columbia Pictures presents Paul Mazursky's production ; co-produced by Steven Bernhardt and Pato Guzman ; written by Paul Mazursky and Leon Capetanos ; produced and directed by Paul Mazursky.

Twelfth Night

  • She's the man  (2006)

    • Dreamworks Pictures and Lakeshore Entertainment present a Donners' Company production ; produced by Lauren Shuler Donner and Ewan Leslie ; story by Ewan Leslie ; screenplay by Ewan Leslie and Karen McCullah Lutz & Kirsten Smith ; directed by Andy Fickman. 

  • Twelfth night (1979)

    • by William Shakespeare ; presented by the British Broadcasting Corporation ; producer, Cedric Messina ; director, John Gorrie.

  • Twelfth night (2012)

    • Shakespeare's Globe ; Globe on Screen presents an Original Practices production of ; by William Shakespeare ; a Shakespeare's Globe production with Sonia Friedman Productions and Shakespeare Road Ltd ; in association with 1001 Nights and Tulchin/Bartner Productions ; directed for the stage by Tim Carroll ; directed for the screen by Ian Russell ; executive producers, Dominic Dromgoole, Robert Marshall ; producer, Eva Koch-Schulte. 

  • Twelfth night, or, What you will (1988)

    • by William Shakespeare ; Thames Television presents a Renaissance Theatre production by Kenneth Branagh ; directed for television by Paul Kafno. 

  • Twelfth night, or, What you will (1996)

    • Fine Line Features, Summit Entertainment N.V., Circus Films and BBC Films presents a Renaissance Films production ; by William Shakespeare ; directed by Trevor Nunn ; produced by Stephen Evans and David Parfitt ; screenplay by Trevor Nunn. 

Two Gentlemen of Verona

Winter's Tale

  • The winter's tale (1981)

    • by William Shakespeare ; presented by the British Broadcasting Corporation ; producer, Jonathan Miller ; director, Jane Howell. 

  • The winter's tale (1999)

    • Heritage Theatre presents the Royal Shakespeare production ; by William Shakespeare ; directed for the stage by Gregory Doran ; producer, Robert Marshall ; directed for video by Robin Lough. 

Multi-work sets / Works based on multiple plays​

  • The Thanhouser collection. DVD Volumes 7 (1910 to 1917) (2007)
    • v. 7, Thanhouser presents Shakespeare. The Winter's Tale / scenario by Lloyd F. Lonergan and Gertrude Thanhouser ; (1910, 13 min.) -- Cymbeline / directed by Lucius J. Henderson ; (1913, 22 min.) -- King Lear / A Pathé Gold Rooster play ; directed by Ernest Warde ; (1916, 36 min., abridged from original 5 reels). 
  • Shakespeare uncovered (2013)

    • producer, Richard Denton ; series producer, Bill O'Donnell ; produced by Blakeway Productions, 116 Films, and Thirteen; in association with the BBC and Shakespeare's Globe and ITV Global Entertainment Limited. 

  • Silent Shakespeare (1899)

    • King John (Britain, 1899, 3 min.) / directed by Walter Pfeffer Dando...[et al.] -- The Tempest (Britain, 1908, 12 min.) / directed by Percy Stow -- A Midsummer night's dream (USA, 1909, 11 min.) / directed by James Stuart Blackton and Charles Kent -- King Lear (Italy, 1910, 16 min.) / directed by Gerolamo Lo Savio -- Twelfth Night (USA, 1910, 13 min) / directed by Charles Kent, produced by J. Stuart Blackton -- The Merchant of Venice (Italy, 1910, 10 min.) / directed by Gerolamo Lo Savio -- Richard III (Britain, 1911, 22 min.) 

 

Comedies in the CD Collection

From the CD Collection:

All's Well That Ends Well

As You Like It

  • As you like it (1996)
    • Introduction by Harold Bloom. "A Shakespeare Recording Society production" Unabridged.
  • Overture to "As You Like It" op.28 (1989)
    • "Recorded Anthology of American Music, Inc." Compact disc. Durations: 10:11; 37:20. Program notes by Steven Ledbetter, selected bibliography, and selected discography (7 p.) inserted in container. Issued also as analog disc.
  • William Shakespeare's As you like it (2003)
    • "A companion to The complete Pelican Shakespeare"--Container.
      Liner notes include plot synopsis and complete cast list in container.

Comedy of Errors

  • Boys from Syracuse (1963)
    • 1963 Off-Broadway cast recording; music by Richard Rodgers ; lyrics by Lorenz Hart ; book by George Abbott
  • William Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors (2003)
    • Unabridged, dramatized. "A companion to The complete Pelican Shakespeare"--Container. Liner notes include plot synopsis and complete cast list.

Love's Labour's Lost

Measure for Measure

Merchant of Venice

Merry Wives of Windsor

  • Falstaff (1982)
    • ​​Opera in three acts; sung in Italian. Program notes and synopsis in English, German, French and Italian ; libretto in German, Italian, English, and French inserted in container. Libretto by Arrigo Boito, based on Shakespeare's The merry wives of Windsor and King Henry IV.
  • Falstaff (2001)
    • ​​Libretto by Arigo Boito, based on Shakespeare's The merry wives of Windsor and King Henry IV. Program notes in English, and libretto with English translations in container. 
  • Falstaff (1998)
    • Comic opera in two acts. Libretto by Carlo Prospero Defranceschi ; based on Shakespeare's The merry wives pf Windsor. Program notes by Filippo Poletti in English, French, German, and Italian, and libretto in Italian with English, French, and German translations (210 p.) inserted in container. 
  • Falstaff (1990)
    • Opera in three acts. Libretto by Arrigo Boito, based on Shakespeare's The merry wives of Windsor and King Henry IV. Originally released in 1954. Program notes by Harvey Sachs and synopsis in English,German, French and Italian (38 p.) and libretto with English translation (107 p.) inserted in container. 
  • Falstaff (2001)
    • Commedia lirica in 3 acts. Libretto by Arigo Boito, Based on Shakespeare's The merry wives of Windsor and King Henry IV. Program notes in English, and libretto with English translation in container. 
  • Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor (1988)
    • Opera in three acts; sung in German. Libretto by H.S. Mosenthal, after Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor. Program notes by Karl Schumann and libretto in German (58 p.) laid in container. 
  • William Shakespeare's Merry Wives of Windsor (2003)
    • "Recordings are based on the Complete Pelican Shakespeare"--Container. 
      Insert contains a brief summary of each scene. 

Midsummer Night's Dream

  • The fairy queen (1989)
    • Harmonia Mundi France. Opera in 5 acts; anon. libretto, after Shakespeare's Midsummer night's dream.  Sung in English. Program notes by John Buttrey and libretto, both in English with French and German translations (78 p.) inserted in container. Also issued as cassettes.
  • Incidental music to A midsummer night's dream (1990)
    • The 1st work from incidental music for Shakespeare's play; sung in German. The 2nd work originally for 4 violins, 2 violas, and 2 violoncellos; performed here in Toscanini's amplification for multiple strings reinforced with double bass. Program notes by Harris Goldsmith, in English, German, French, and Italian (23 p. : ports.) inserted in container. 
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream (1990)
    • London. Opera in 3 acts. Libretto adapted from Shakespeare by Peter Pears and the composer. Program notes by Philip Brett, synopsis, and libretto (50 p.) laid in container. 
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream (1996)
    • Unabridged; complete play in five acts. Recorded in 1964 and originally released as analog discs. Program notes inserted in container. 
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream (1967)
    • Program notes by John Warrack, synopsis by Peggie Cochrane, and libretto (26 p. illus., ports., music) laid in container. 
  • William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream (2003)
    • "Recordings are based on the Complete Pelican Shakespeare"--Container. 
      Insert contains a brief summary of each scene.

Much Ado about Nothing

  • Beatrice et Benedict (1992)
    • Comic opera in two acts.  Sung in French.  Libretto by the composer, based on Much ado about nothing / William Shakespeare. Program notes, synopsis, and libretto in English, French, and German (143 p. : ports.) in container. 
  • William Shakespeare's Much ado about nothing (2003)
    • "A companion to The complete Pelican Shakespeare"--Container. 
      Liner notes include plot synopsis and complete cast list in container. 

Taming of the Shrew

  • Kiss me, Kate (1990)
    • Based loosely on Shakespeare's Taming of the shrew.  Orchestrations by Robert Russell Bennett. 
      Ed. recorded: Tams-Witmark. Program notes and synopsis of the story by Miles Kreuger in English, German and French, and text in English (85 p. : ill.) inserted in container. Issued also as analog disc and cassette. 
  • Kiss me, Kate original Broadway cast recording, 50th anniversary edition (1998)
    • Musical based on Shakespeare's The taming of the shrew. Previously released in 1949 as Columbia ML 4140, and in 1959 as Columbia OL 4140. Program notes (19 p. : ill., ports.) inserted in container. 
  • William Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew (2003)
    • "A companion to The complete Pelican Shakespeare"--Container. 
      Liner notes include plot synopsis and complete cast list in container. 

Tempest

  • The Tempest (2003)
    • Opera in 3 acts. Libretto by Mark Shulgasser after Shakespeare's play. 
      Ed. recorded: G. Schirmer. Libretto and program notes (27 p. : ill.) inserted in container. 
  • William Shakespeare's The Tempest (2003)
    • "A companion to The complete Pelican Shakespeare"--Container. 
      Liner notes include plot synopsis and complete cast list in container. 

Twelfth Night

  • William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night (2003)
    • "A companion to The complete Pelican Shakespeare"--Container. 
      Liner notes include plot synopsis and complete cast list in container. 

Two Gentlemen of Verona

Winter's Tale

  • William Shakespeare's a winter's tale (2003)
    • "A companion to The complete Pelican Shakespeare"--Container. 
      Liner notes include plot synopsis and complete cast list in container. 
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