Censors in Thailand ban "divisive" film adaptation
Shakespeare Must Die is a Thai-language adaptation of the play in which an ambitious Scottish general murders the king and kills again to hold on to his throne. Now, Thai officials won't allow it to be screened.
The film's director, Ing Kanjanavanit, told the BBC the ban was ridiculous.
"Very few films are banned here," she said. "It is amazing they would find a poet dead 400 years such a threat."
Maybe her own words have something to do with the decision. The report goes on to quote her saying that Thailand's people are "living in a climate of fear".
The story's themes of greed and power appear to have struck an uneasy note with officialdom. In 2006, Thailand's Prime Minister, Thaksin Shinawatra, was removed from office by a coup, and the country has been riven with divisive views ever since.
The film is set in a fictional country, but uses news footage of Thai political protests.
And in another device that has angered the authorities, the colour red is a prominent symbol. While this is true to Shakespeare's text, red was also the colour used by anti-government demonstrators.
Ironically, the film was made with government funding.