BBC One’s new take on the William Shakespeare classic A Midsummer Night’s Dream will premiere on Monday May 30th at 8:30pm, it has been announced.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream is set in the tyrannical court of Athens, where 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 cast of the one-off “family friendly” drama includes John Hannah (Atlantis), Maxine Peake (Silk), Matt Lucas (Little Britain), Eleanor Matsuura (Spooks) and Hiran Abeysekera (Lion In The Tent). Elaine Paige, Richard Wilson, Bernard Cribbins, Javone Prince, Fisayo Akinade, Prisca Bakare, Paapa Essiedu, Kate Kennedy and Matthew Tennyson also star.
Penned by Doctor Who and Torchwood scribe Russell T. Davies, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is being produced by BBC Cymru Wales in association with BBC Worldwide, who will handle international sales. The executive producers are Russell T Davies and BBC Wales’ Faith Penhale and Brian Minchin. Nikki Wilson is the producer, while David Kerr is the director.
TVWise’s UK Premiere Dates page has been updated with this new information.