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Buzz In: What Are the Best (and Worst) Shakespeare Adaptations?

Terrence Howard recently revealed that he's producing and starring in a modern-day adaptation of Macbeth, taking the lead role and setting the story in the "exotic island setting" of Puerto Rico. Howard commented, "Yes, it's updated present time, Caribbean. It'll be a nice thing to see Shakespeare under a Caribbean sun."

That could be true, as we've seen Shakespeare set in a wide variety of locations and time periods — from 19th century Tuscany to an American high school in the 1990s (incidentally, a story that will return in the form of an ABC Family TV series, premiering July 7). Some have been pretty straight adaptations with wonderful performances, some have used the language but taken liberties with the visuals, while others have not even used human beings.

What are the best Shakespeare adaptations? What are the ones that make you cringe?


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