This collection has revolutionized the teaching of Shakespeare. An innovative production of every Shakespeare play, the performances featured in these films would otherwise have been seen only by select audiences in London or New York.
When the British Broadcasting Corporation first undertook this project between 1978 and 1985 it became the most ambitious such undertaking ever attempted on film; in fact, this was the first time in the roughly 400 years (since they were written) that all 37 Shakespeare plays would be preserved this way. Produced by Cedric Messina and Dr. Jonathan Miller, it includes performances by some of Britain's most distinguished theatrical talent, including John Gielgud, Ben Kingsley, Claire Bloom, Anthony Hopkins, Michael York, and Derek Jacobi. The Streaming BBC Shakespeare Plays are offered exclusively through Ambrose Video Publishing.