In honor of 'Gnomeo & Juliet,' the latest Shakespearean film adaptation to hit theaters, we've come up with a short guide to introducing kids to the Bard's work. We've left off some of the bloodier or mature works altogether (no 'Titus,' 'Tempest,' 'Merchant of Venice,' 'Richard III,' etc.) to narrow down the field to an abridged list of classics and comedies that kids, tweens and teens would be most familiar with or find most accessible. Check out our suggestions and get thee to the video store or Netflix queue to curate your own mini-Shakespeare festival.

'Gnomeo & Juliet' (2011, G)
Common Sense Media Rating:5+
Why See It: It's Shakespeare-meets-Elton John by way of warring English garden gnomes. It sounds a bit mad, but it's a wonderful way to introduce young kids to the themes in Shakespeare's tragic play (less war, more love, down with useless discrimination, etc.). Plus, there's no double suicide to worry about, because this Gnomeo and Juliet get to live happily ever after.
In Theaters on December 25th, 1996

Shakespeare's Danish prince (Kenneth Branagh) avenges his slain father. Read More

Gnomeo and Juliet
Based on 28 critics

Love-struck garden gnomes become caught up in a feud between neighbors. Read More

Romeo & Juliet
In Theaters on October 8th, 1968

Shakespeare's tragic Renaissance lovers (Leonard Whiting, Olivia Hussey). Read More

December 6, 2016
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West Side Story
Not Yet Rated1961
In Theaters on October 18th, 1961

Rival gangs affect a couple's (Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer) love. Read More

January 10, 2017
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William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet
Based on 20 critics

Twentieth-century teenagers (Leonardo DiCaprio, Claire Danes) tragically fall in love. Read More

10 Things I Hate About You
Based on 26 critics

A student can't date till her older sister (Julia Stiles) does. Read More

Much Ado About Nothing
In Theaters on April 15th, 1993

Don Pedro, Claudio and Hero join together to get Benedick and Beatrice to wed. Read More