Monday, 30 May 2016

A Midsummer Night's Dream

The Russell T Davies adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream contained quite a few other familiar names from modern Who, like Murray Gold providing the music and Millennium Effects at work as well.

Don’t be looking for a definitive reading of the text here. The Hollow Crown this is not.

Theseus is presented as juuuuust a bit Fascist in style (although the jacket also suggests Mountie) which earns him one of the biggest rewrites. Others include rather less suicide talk from Hermia and Helena, which is nice. The mix of modern, WWII and medieval in Athens could provide inspiration for something Whovian - the guards are a bit Dredd but also a bit Robomen...

The Fairies led by Maxine Peake and Nonso Anonzie have gone full Changeling: The Dreaming. Bottom is still recognisably Matt Lucas, but you can’t have everything. ;)

Bernard Cribbins!

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