A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, adapted from Shakespeare by Russell T. Davies, stars Maxine Peake, Matt Lucas, Nonso Anozie and John Hannah.
This 90' RTS Award-winning film was first broadcast on BBC1 in 2016.
“A triumphant realisation…Maxine Peake was brilliant as Titania, and Matt Lucas was in his element as Bottom.The ending was infused with such a sense of sincere, undiluted joy that I found I had a lump in my throat.”
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“Directed with verve by David Kerr…successfully released the joy within Shakespeare’s text for a new generation - and that’s no mean feat.”
“Here was the loveliest, most natural treatment of dialogue I’ve heard in a TV adaptation of Shakespeare.
This A Midsummer Night’s Dream was engaging, fresh and funny.”
“William Shakespeare would surely be doing a tap dance in his grave if he could see this spellbinding re-imagining of one of his best-loved plays.”
“The fantastical elements of A Midsummer Night’s Dream are some of the most alluring. The depiction of the fairies is proper, dark, all-out fantasy, with brilliant costumes and special effects. The murky mystery of the woods on the summer solstice has never looked so gorgeous.”
“A Midsummer Night’s Dream will leave you smiling like a loon for days.”