A Midsummer Night's Dream - Titania (MAXINE PEAKE) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Des Willie
A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Titania (MAXINE PEAKE) – (C) BBC – Photographer: Des Willie

The BBC have confirmed that Russell T Davies’ new adaptation of Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night Dream’ will broadcast on BBC One at 8:30pm on Monday 30th May.

Davies brings this classic play to life with an award-winning cast of stars and exciting newcomers. Packed with fun and invention and spectacle, this is Shakespeare for everyone.

This new 90-minute single drama features stars of screen and stage including Maxine Peake (Silk, The Village) as Titania along with Matt Lucas (Little Britain) as Bottom, John Hannah (The Mummy, Spartacus) as Theseus, Eleanor Matsuura (Spooks) as Hippolyta and Hiran Abeysekera (Lion In The Tent) as Puck.

Along with award-winning stage star Elaine Paige (Follies, Sweeney Todd), Richard Wilson (One Foot in the Grave), Bernard Cribbins, aka Wilfred Mott in Doctor Who,  Javone Prince (The Javone Prince Show, Horrible Histories) and Fisayo Akinade (Cucumber, Banana).

These established stars are joined by exciting new talent: Prisca Bakare, Paapa Essiedu, Kate Kennedy and Matthew Tennyson.

It’s a long, dark night in the forest of Athens, and the trouble is only just beginning…

In the tyrannical court of Athens, the pitiless dictator Theseus plans his wedding to Hippolyta, a prisoner of war, and young Hermia is sentenced to death by her own father. Meanwhile, in the town below, amateur theatre group the Mechanicals rehearse with all their comic rivalries. And beyond Athens, in the wild woods, dark forces are stirring…

The drama is directed by David Kerr, produced by Nikki Wilson and executive produced by Russell T. Davies, Faith Penhale and Brian Minchin.

‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ is a BBC Cymru Wales Production in association with BBC Worldwide for BBC One.


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