Looking for other ways to celebrate Shakespeare’s 449th?  and his 450th?

NY Shakespeare Exchange is seeking film directors to participate in a groundbreaking exploration of film, theater, and mobile technology. The Sonnet Project is a massive multi-artist, internet-based interpretation of Shakespeare’s sonnets that puts these astounding poems quite literally into the pockets of people across the globe. More than 500 artists are joining in the project to create film versions of all 154 sonnets that will live on the Internet and be delivered to the public by way of a specially designed Sonnet Project mobile app.

WHAT’S THE CHALLENGE? Each director picks their favorite sonnet from the list below. Then NY Shakespeare Exchange reveals which NYC location will be the setting of the film, and assigns a classically trained actor to star in the piece. The director brings these elements together to create his/her personal expression of the sonnet.

Check out the list on the Curious G blog where the Post Card Competition and the Fiske Library have gone international, listed with The Folgers Library in Washington, DC, as well as, The Royal Shakespeare Company in England, et. al.:

Feel like being insulted by Shakespeare? Well then have some fun by clicking on the link below:

Quotations by Topic:


A video:

Shakespeare and Math – The Number 14

What’s your favorite book or movie, etc. of Shakespeare’s work or about him? Send it to us in an email at or leave a reply below and we’ll add it to this list.

A poster for Julia Arthur in Romeo and Juliet. Strobridge & Co. Lithography, circa 1899. Public domain.

A poster for Julia Arthur in Romeo and Juliet. Strobridge & Co. Lithography, circa 1899. Public domain.


For a complete list of Shakespeare’s work please visit:

 Reading for Adults

Shakespeare’s Will by Meredith Whitford, 2010.

Has been adapted into a play.

Mistress Shakespeare (Shakespeare’s secret wife!) by Karen Harper c. 2010 Fiction.

Shakespeare’s Wife by Germaine Greer (renowned author) c. 2008 Non-fiction.

Will in the World by Stephen Greenblatt c. 2005. Non-fiction.

Shakespeare: The World as Stage by Bill Bryson (of A Walk in the Woods fame.)

“Shakespeare” By Another Name: The Life of Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford, The Man Who Was Shakespeare, by Mark Anderson (hardback 2005, paperback 2006) and as an e-book at Non-Fiction Biographical.

Shakespeare’s Lost Kingdom: The True History of Shakespeare and Elizabeth by Charles Beauclerk 2010. Non-Fiction Biographical.

Shakespeare’s Unorthodox Biography New Evidence of An Authorship Problem by Diana Price 2001. Non-Fiction Biographical.

The Monument by Frank Whittemore 2011. Non-Fiction Biographical.

Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, Helen Simonson 2010. Fiction. Council on Aging/Senior Center pick!


 Loving Will Shakespeare by Carolyn Meyer c. 2008 fiction

Shakespeare Stealer, Shakespeare Scribe, and Shakespeare Spy a trilogy by Gary Blackwood

King of Shadows by Susan Cooper.

Shakespeare Secret by Elise Broach

William Shakespeare: the Globe by Aliki.

A Celtic Night: A Modern Retelling of Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream by Bridget O’Dwyer  tells the story of a 15-year-old American girl spending the summer in Ireland and experiencing the same things that Shakespeare’s characters experienced–just without the flowery language and set in the modern world.


 A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Bruce Coville’s adaptation (ISBN 0803717849) one of the best retellings for kids.

Midsummer Night’s Dream for Kids by Lois Burkett’s (1552091244) for activity suggestions.

Stage Fright on a Summer Night by Mary Pope Osborne’s (ISBN 037580611) handy for fun.


 Shakespeare in Love (R)1998

 In Search of Shakespeare (4 part PBS documentary series). 2004

Romeo and Juliet Franco Zeffirelli, released in 1968

 The Lion King (1994) Walt Disney based on Hamlet and Richard III

10 Things I Hate About You (1999) based on The Taming of the Shrew

O (2001) based on Othello

 Side Story (1961) based on Romeo and Juliet

 Scotland, PA (2001) based on Macbeth

 Ran (1985) based on King Lear

 The Merchant of Venice (2004)

Anonymous (2011)

Last Will and Testament (2012)


Original Shakespearean song on the web.

Baby Einstein – Baby Shakespeare – World of Poetry (2000) DVD

Otello by Giuseppe Verdi. Performers: Placido Domingo (Tenor), James Morris (Bass), Renée Fleming (Soprano), Richard Croft (Baritone). Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Written: 1887; Italy. Date of Recording: 1995 at the Metropolitan Opera House, New York


 LibriVox, Audio recordings read by volunteers. Free. Public Domain.  Also available on iTunes.



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