August 16, 2007

Six Depictions of Shakespeare Using Inanimate Objects

We’ve all heard about or seen creative takes on classic Shakespearean plays (e.g. A Midsummer Night’s Dream set in the Roaring 20s), but these videos take that creative impulse one step further. This is Shakespeare like you’ve never seen it.

Anakin Caesar: The climactic scene of the play Julius Caesar gains new inspiration when Star Wars action figures substitute for human actors. Plus, I think the voices provided by the kids who made this video are adorable.


Macbeth Act 1, Scene 1: I used to play with Playmobil toys when I was little, but I never reached the artistic heights shown in this video.


Richard III (with vegetables): A lime, a bulb of garlic, and a knife. What could go wrong?


Old Audition Notice: The character of Caliban from The Tempest is usually a bit intimidating, but this puppet version of the wild man is oddly engaging in this casting call.


The Scottish Play (Macbeth) Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppets: The name of this clip pretty much says it all.


  • William Shakespeare’s Pingu: Imagines Romeo and Juliet as star-crossed penguins, of the stuffed animal variety (Sorry, embedding isn’t available for this clip).

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