Most widely held works by Cedric Messina
The tempest ( Visual )
33 editions published between 1978 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 1,675 libraries worldwide
Television adaption of Shakespeare's play revolving around an enchanted island, an exiled Duke, young lovers, and a framework of conspiracy.
As you like it ( Visual )
22 editions published between 1975 and 2008 in English and held by 1,458 libraries worldwide
Presents a dramatization of William Shakespeare's play, a pastoral romance set in the Forest of Arden in medieval France.
Julius Caesar ( Visual )
37 editions published between 1978 and 2009 in English and held by 1,248 libraries worldwide
Details the transformation of a noble Athenian from a reckless spendthrift to a mad misanthrope.
Twelfth night ( Visual )
30 editions published between 1979 and 2009 in English and held by 1,242 libraries worldwide
Twins Sebastian and Viola are separated after a shipwreck and believe each other dead. Viola disguises herself as a page boy, Cesario, to work for Duke Orsino and falls in love with him, but he loves Olivia, who falls in love with Cesario. Seeing Sebastian one day, she mistakes him for Cesario and marries him. The confusion is cleared up when Viola and Sebastian meet again, and the Duke marries Viola. The subplot concerns the efforts of Sir Toby and Andrew to humble the presumptuous Malvolio.
Measure for measure ( Visual )
37 editions published between 1978 and 2009 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 1,187 libraries worldwide
Cruel Angelo is left in charge of Vienna when the Duke pretends to leave town. Angelo revives an old law against fornication and sentences Claudio to death for seducing Juliet, Claudio's betrothed. Claudio's sister, Isabella, pleads for his life and Angelo offers to spare him in exchange for her virginity. Angelo's corruption and severity are punished when the Duke reveals that he has witnessed it all.
Romeo & Juliet ( Visual )
27 editions published between 1978 and 2009 in English and held by 1,168 libraries worldwide
Shakespeare's tragedy about two teenagers who fall in love, encounter opposition from their feuding families, and take their own lives.
Hamlet, Prince of Denmark ( Visual )
21 editions published between 1979 and 2009 in English and held by 1,135 libraries worldwide
A Danish prince avenges the murder of his father, the king, by killing his uncle Claudius who murdered the king, usurped the throne, and married Hamlet's mother, Gertrude. Hamlet, considered the most complex of all Shakespeare's characters, examines the fundamental issues of justice, guilt, and death.
King Richard the Second ( Visual )
21 editions published between 1978 and 2009 in English and held by 834 libraries worldwide
Shakespeare's historical play about the dynastic struggle between Richard II and Henry Bolingboke (later Henry IV).
The first part of King Henry the Fourth with the life and death of Henry surnamed Hotspur ( Visual )
15 editions published between 1979 and 2009 in English and held by 589 libraries worldwide
After the murder of Richard II, Henry assumes the throne, and is immediately confronted with rebellion by Owen Glendower, Douglas of Scotland, Northumberland and his son Hotspur. The play also treats the moral development of the king's son Hal (later Henry V) as he appears to waste his youth in London taverns in the company of the irresponsible Sir John Falstaff.
The life of Henry the Fifth ( Visual )
5 editions published between 1979 and 2004 in English and held by 525 libraries worldwide
Young King Henry of England asserts a hereditary claim to the throne of France, gathering an army and embarking on a course that will lead to one of England's greatest battlefield triumphs and forever change the face of Europe. Follows King Henry V as he unites his people, deals justly with traitors, leads his soldiers to victory, and ensures peace by marrying a French princess.
The second part of King Henry the Fourth containing his death and the coronation of King Henry the Fift ( Visual )
15 editions published between 1979 and 2009 in English and held by 521 libraries worldwide
Shakespeare's play that portrays the colorful panorama of Medieval English life. The revolt against Henry is finally crushed and the king broods over the uncertain future of his son. Henry IV dies, Falstaff is banished, and Prince Hal is crowned Henry V.
The famous history of the life of King Henry the Eight ( Visual )
9 editions published between 1979 and 2009 in English and held by 496 libraries worldwide
"One of Shakespeare's most elaborate 'pageant' plays, chronicling the life of an extraordinary English king."--Container insert.
Hamlet ( Visual )
20 editions published between 1979 and 2005 in English and held by 495 libraries worldwide
Hamlet, a prince of medieval-era Denmark, senses treachery behind his royal father's death. His mother is all too dangerously entangled in that treachery. This film portrays Shakespeare's immortal tale of high adventure and evil deeds.
Henry IV. Part II ( Visual )
23 editions published between 1979 and 2005 in English and held by 469 libraries worldwide
King Henry, now in failing health and still embroiled in war, sends his second son Prince John of Lancaster to the battle. Prince John tricks and defeats the enemy while his older son, the Prince of Wales, is summoned away from Falstaff and his tavern circle to the king's bedside where he assumes the throne upon the death of the king.
The millionairess ( Visual )
2 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 455 libraries worldwide
"Epifania is glamorous, clever-- and also the richest woman in the world. After yet another row with her spendthrift husband, Epifania meets an intriguing Egyptian doctor. But she faces the challenge her money-mad father imposed on her before his death: She can only marry a man who can convert 150 pounds into 50,000 pounds within six months"--Container.
Pygmalion ( Visual )
3 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 450 libraries worldwide
A stuffy professor of phonetics takes a bet that in six months time he can turn a Cockney flower seller into a lady he could pass off as a duchess.
Mrs. Warren's profession ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1972 and 2006 in English and held by 444 libraries worldwide
"What is the profession that has enabled Mrs. Warren to give her daughter all the benefits of 'good society'? Vivie Warren discovers her mother's secrets and embraces her own power as a 'modern' woman"--Container.
Timon of Athens ( Visual )
6 editions published between 1982 and 2002 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 422 libraries worldwide
Presents Shakespeare's play about a noble Athenian who finds himself in financial difficulties and discovers that the friends who used to fawn on him now refuse to help him. Cursing mankind, Timon leaves Athens and settles in a cave where he finds buried treasure. He meets Alcibiades, a banished general, and finances an expedition against Athens. Alcibiades negotiates peace, but Timon dies alone in his cave.
Bernard Shaw's Heartbreak house ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 411 libraries worldwide
On his Sussex estate Captain Shotover, an eccentric poet, retired seafarer and inventor, is reluctantly hosting a weekend house party for his two daughters and their bohemian friends.
Henry IV, Part I ( Visual )
24 editions published between 1979 and 2005 in English and held by 375 libraries worldwide
A dramatization of William Shakespeare's historical play. Upon the murder of Richard II, Henry assumes the throne, and is immediately confronted with rebellion by Owen Glendower, Douglas of Scotland, Northumberland and his son Hotspur. The play also treats the moral development of the king's son Hal (later Henry V).
Assassination Austria--Vienna Brothers and sisters Caesar, Julius Chastity Comedy films Drama Drama England English drama (Comedy) Europe--Illyria Families Fathers and daughters Feature films Feature films Fiction television programs Film adaptations Film and video adaptations Great Britain Hamlet (Legendary character) Heads of state Henry--IV,--King of England,--1367-1413 Henry--V,--King of England,--1387-1422 Henry--VIII,--King of England,--1491-1547 Historical drama, English Historical films History Impersonation Juliet (Fictitious character) Kings and rulers Manners and customs Man-woman relationships Melodrama Mistaken identity Revenge Richard--II,--King of England,--1367-1400 Rome Romeo (Fictitious character) Shakespeare, William,--1564-1616 Shipwreck survival Televised performances Televised plays Television adaptations Television adaptations Television comedies Television plays Television plays Television programs Twins Video recordings--for the hearing impaired
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Multiple languages (2)