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Midsummer Night’s Dream, A

Alternative title
Shakespeare Re-Told Shakespeare Retold
Synopsis
A modern television version of Shakespeare’s play with contemporary dialogue. The comedy is transferred to the Dream Park holiday centre where Theo and Polly have come to celebrate their daughter’s engagement to her childhood sweetheart, James.
Series
Shakespeare-Told
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Television; Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Transmission details
28 Nov 2005 at 20:30 (Channel: BBC1)
Duration
90 mins

Credits

Director
Ed Fraiman
Producer
Pier Wilkie
Writer
Peter Bowker
Cast
Bill PatersonTheo Moon (Theseus)
Imelda StauntonPolly Moon (Hippolyta)
Lenny JamesOberon (Oberon)
Sharon SmallTitania (Titania)
Dean Lennox KellyPuck (Puck (Robin Goodfellow))
Johnny VegasBottom (Nick Bottom)
Michelle BonnardHelena (Helena)
Mina AnwarFlute (Francis Flute)
Rupert EvansZander (Lysander)
Simon DayQuince (Peter Quince)
William AshJames (Demetrius)
Zoe TapperHermia (Hermia)

Additional Details

Production type
Television and Radio Drama
Historical period
Contemporary
Plays
Midsummer Night’s Dream, A
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

Notes
Combined on 1 DVD with the other three dramas in the series. Also available as a download from BBC Store
History
Shown on BBC America August 2006
Reviews
Calvo, Clara & A.J. Hoenselaars, ‘Shakespeare Uprooted: The BBC and ShakespeareRe-Told (2005)' in Shakespearean International Yearbook 8 (2008), pp. 82-96.

Online Availability

Online URL
https://store.bbc.com/shakespeare-told
Online price
£3.99
Online format
Download

Production Company

Name

Horsebridge Productions

Archive

Name

Learning on Screen Off-Air Recording Back-up Service

Email
services@bufvc.ac.uk
Web
http://bufvc.ac.uk/tvandradio/offair External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7393 1514
Fax
020 7393 1555
Address
For Learning on Screen Members only
77 Wells Street
London
W1T 3QJ

Distributor

Name

Acorn Media UK

Email
customerservices@acorndvd.com
Web
http://www.acorndvd.com/ External site opens in new window
Fax
020 7627 250
Address
55 Drury Lane
London
WC2B 5SQ
Notes
Founded in 1997, Acorn specialises in distributing archival television programmes, predominantly licensed from the BBC and ITV. Sale on DVD and Blu-Ray, in Region 2 PAL format, direct and via retail outlets.

Distributor (Sale)

Name

Retail outlets

Related

Name

BBC Store

Web
https://store.bbc.com/ External site opens in new window
Notes
NB. From May 2017 programmes are no longer available to buy on BBC Store. From November 1st 2017 the store will close completely and programmes bought from BBC Store will no longer be available to watch. Customers who have bought items from BBC Store will be contacted by email and refunded for their purchases either by full cash refund or Amazon video vouchers.

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