BBC One has commissioned a new one-off adaptation of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream from Doctor Who writer Russell T Davies.
The 90-minute film is described as “bold and accessible” with “attitude and invention”, and will be a “truthful version of the play”, using the original words.
The commission was announced by Charlotte Moore, Controller of BBC One, at the 2015 Edinburgh Television Festival yesterday.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be adapted by former Doctor Who showrunner Russell T Davies, produced by Nikki Wilson (Doctor Who) and executive produced by Russell T Davies, Faith Penhale and current Doctor Who exec Brian Minchin.
Set in the tyrannical court of Athens and the magical forest around the city, this new version of Shakespeare’s much-loved comedy will be filmed at Roath Lock in Cardiff.
The news that the Doctor Who studios at Roath Lock will be used for A Midsummer Night’s Dream, with a large number of Doctor Who personnel involved, does support the rumours that there will not be a full season of Doctor Who in 2016.
Russell T Davies commented: “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.”
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The official synopsis reads: “The single drama will be for everyone: children, who can laugh at Bottom and his Mechanicals and marvel at the fairies’ awesome powers; for adults, who know those broken hearts and star-crossed lovers all too well; for whole families, united in front of the television to enjoy the play’s dazzling world of danger, jokes, scares, poetry, thrills and fun.”
A Midsummer Night’s Dream will air on BBC One in 2016.
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