BBC One announces stellar line up for Shakespeare's classic A Midsummer Night's Dream

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. Russell T Davies
Date: 23.09.2015     Last updated: 23.09.2015 at 00.01
Category: BBC One; Drama; Casting
The stellar line up for A Midsummer Night’s Dream has today been announced. For one night only, BBC One becomes The Globe, with a bold and accessible 1 x 90 adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic play.

Maxine Peake (Silk, The Village, Room At The Top,) is set to star as Titania, Matt Lucas (Little Britain, Bridesmaids) as Bottom, John Hannah (The Mummy, Atlantis, Damages, Spartacus) as Theseus, Eleanor Matsuura (Spooks, Cuffs) as Hippolyta and Hiran Abeysekera (Lion In The Tent) as Puck, in an adaptation of the play by Russell T Davies (Doctor Who, Cucumber).

Award-winning stage star Elaine Paige (Follies, Sweeney Todd, The King And I) returns to television as Mistress Quince, Richard Wilson (One Foot in the Grave, Merlin) will star as Starveling, Bernard Cribbins (Doctor Who) as Snout, Javone Prince (The Javone Prince Show, Horrible Histories) as Snug and Fisayo Akinade (Cucumber, Banana) as Flute. Also starring exciting new talent: Prisca Bakare as Hermia, Paapa Essiedu as Demetrius, Kate Kennedy as Helena and Matthew Tennyson as Lysander.

Russell T Davies says: "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."

A Midsummer Night's Dream is a much-loved play by William Shakespeare, set in the tyrannical court of Athens and the magical forest around the city. The BBC One drama is set to be a funny, exciting and will have as much attitude and invention as any theatrical interpretation.

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.

Adapted by Russell T Davies, directed by David Kerr, produced by Nikki Wilson and executive produced by Russell T Davies, Faith Penhale and Brian Minchin.

Commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Controller BBC One and Polly Hill, Controller BBC Drama Commissioning.

Filming will commence in Roath Lock, Cardiff, in October for transmission in 2016 as part of BBC’s Shakespeare Season.

A BBC Cymru Wales Production in association with BBC Worldwide for BBC One.

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