BBC One has announced a stellar cast for Doctor Who writer Russell T Davies’ upcoming A Midsummer Night’s Dream film.
The 90-minute TV adaptation of William Shakespeare’s classic play will star Maxine Peake (Silk) as Titania, Matt Lucas (Little Britain) as Bottom, John Hannah (Atlantis) as Theseus, Eleanor Matsuura (Spooks) as Hippolyta and Hiran Abeysekera (Lion In The Tent) as Puck.
Bernard Cribbins (Wilf in Doctor Who) will play Snout, while Merlin actor Richard Wilson will play Starveling.
The cast also includes Fisayo Akinade – seen earlier this year in Russell T Davies’ Cucumber – as Flute, alongside Elaine Paige (Sweeney Todd) as Mistress Quince, Javone Prince (Horrible Histories) as Snug Prisca Bakare as Hermia, Paapa Essiedu as Demetrius, Kate Kennedy as Helena and Matthew Tennyson as Lysander.
Russell T Davies commented: “This is such an exciting range of actors from stage and screen, from wild comedy to high drama, and some making their first ever appearance on camera. The Dream is coming to life like never before.”
Directed by David Kerr, filming begins at the Doctor Who studios in Roath Lock, Cardiff, in October.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream will air on BBC One in 2016 as part of BBC’s Shakespeare Season.
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