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A Midsummer Night's Dream (2016)

A modern re-telling of the classic fantasy drama by William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream holds a star-studded cast with euphoric effects and melodramatic storytelling.


David Kerr


Russell T. Davies (adaptation), William Shakespeare (based on the play by)
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Credited cast:
John Hannah ... Theseus
Nonso Anozie ... Oberon
Maxine Peake ... Titania
Matt Lucas ... Bottom
Eleanor Matsuura ... Hippolyta
Richard Wilson ... Starveling
Paapa Essiedu ... Demetrius
Bernard Cribbins ... Snout
Colin McFarlane ... Egeus
Elaine Paige ... Mistress Quince
Fisayo Akinade ... Flute
Varada Sethu ... Peaseblossom
Elliot Levey ... Philostrate
Javone Prince Javone Prince ... Snug
Matthew Tennyson ... Lysander


Tyrannical dictator Theseus brings his captive bride, Amazonian queen Hippolyta, to Athens for a forced, dynastic union whilst statesman Egeus sentences his daughter Hermia to death for spurning arranged marriage to Demetrius in favour of true love Lysander, with whom she escapes to the woods. Demetrius follows, along with Helena who is besotted with him. Also in the woods a group of amateur actors, including pompous Nick Bottom, are rehearsing a play to perform at the ducal wedding. All are unaware that the fairy rulers of the woods. Oberon and Titania are engaged in a feud with Oberon taking revenge on his wife, helped by the sprite Puck, which involves her falling in love with the first person she sees - namely Bottom wearing a donkey's head. The four lovers are similarly bewitched by the charm and much confusion results before order is restored and the play goes ahead, with the fairies ensuring happy endings - for those who deserve it. Written by don @ minifie-1

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An interview in the UK Sunday Times revealed that actor David Tennant was originally hired to direct this TV special, but had to drop out (being replaced by David Kerr) due to personal life issues related to Tennant's wife's pregnancy. Tennant still acted unofficially as writer Russell T Davies' personal 'Shakespeare expert' during the time he was working on it. See more »


Version of A Midsummer Night's Dream (1999) See more »

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Shakespeare Gets an Upgrade
13 February 2019 | by matthewtessnearSee all my reviews

This is a BBC-imagined modern retelling of Shakespeare's classic, with a diverse and stellar cast, intense presentation, a compelling score, fantastic costume design and energy at every turn. And the 90-minute running time moves the story along quickly! Check it out.

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30 May 2016 (UK) See more »

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Ein Sommernachtstraum See more »

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BBC Studios, Cardiff, Wales, UK See more »

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