BBC One has released the first trailer for A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Former Doctor Who showrunner Russell T Davies has adapted William Shakespeare’s classic play as part of the BBC’s Shakespeare season.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream will air at 8.30pm on Monday 30 May on BBC One.
Watch the trailer…
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The 90-minute film stars 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 (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.
The official synopsis reads: “In the tyrannical court of Athens, 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…”
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