Blogtor can reveal that former Doctor Who showrunner Russell T Davies is adapting William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream for transmission on BBC One in 2016. Currently titled The Dream, this 90 minute special will begin filming in Roath Lock, Cardiff (the home of Doctor Who), in October. Check out the press release below:
For one night only, BBC One becomes The Globe, with a bold and accessible 1 X 90 adaptation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Controller BBC One and Polly Hill, Controller BBC Drama Commissioning.
Adapted by Russell T Davies, it is a truthful version of the play – the original play, the original words, the original Shakespeare. Warm and funny, it will have as much attitude and invention as any theatrical interpretation. Russell T Davies says:
“I’ve wanted to make this for the BBC for my entire adult life – and only the BBC can put on a play like this, for all the family, smack-bang in the heart of primetime. With a riot of prosthetics, CGI, magic and action, it needs the brilliant Doctor Who team in Cardiff to bring it to life.”
Adapted by Russell T Davies, Directed by David Kerr, Produced by Nikki Wilson and Executive Produced by Russell T Davies, Faith Penhale and Brian Minchin. Filming will commence in Roath Lock, Cardiff, in October for transmission in 2016 as part of BBC’s Shakespeare Season.
The Dream is a BBC Cymru Wales Production in association with BBC Worldwide for BBC One.