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A Midsummer Night's Dream 

Mis-directed love potions complicate an already complicated set of relationships.

Director:

Ed Fraiman
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Paterson ... Theo
Imelda Staunton ... Polly
Lennie James ... Oberon
Sharon Small ... Titania
Dean Lennox Kelly ... Puck
William Ash ... James
Zoë Tapper ... Hermia
Rupert Evans ... Zander
Michelle Bonnard ... Helena
Johnny Vegas ... Bottom
Simon Day Simon Day ... Quince
Mina Anwar ... Flute
Ben Crompton ... Snug
Emmanuel Ighodaro ... Snout
Andy Williams Andy Williams ... Geoff
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Storyline

During an engagement party thrown by Theo and Polly for their daughter Hermia and James, a man she grew up with but doesn't really love, Hermia's true love Xander shows up. After Hermia declares her engagement to James is off, it becomes clear that her best friend Helena has been in love with James all along. When the King and Queen of the Fairies (themselves feuding) decide to straighten things out with a love potion, their meddling goes terribly wrong and the relationships between all those involved become even murkier than they were. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Official Sites:

BBC [UK]

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 November 2005 (UK) See more »

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Stereo

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Bottom's first name is Nicholas - knicker-less. See more »

Quotes

Bottom: And what do they call you?
Titania: Titania
Bottom: [looking down at her breasts] I'm not surprised.
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Connections

Version of Omnibus: A Midwinter Night's Dream (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

The Last Blast
Written by Andy Dragazis, Chris Carr, Jon Chandler
Performed by Blue States
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A dream performance
29 August 2006 | by benbrae76See all my reviews

Having been brought up about 10 miles from Stratford-upon-Avon, (the Bard's birthplace), I regularly frequented the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre there. Consequently I've always loved his works and viewed this performance with trepidation.

Not being a great fan of "upgrading" Shakespeare, even the thought of his words spoken in a 21st century setting makes me wince with pain. However this production dispelled my doubts. The modern lingo was beautifully scripted and gustily played. I must confess that "A Midsummer Night's Dream" is not one of my favourite Shakespeare plays, but I thoroughly enjoyed this wonderful effort. It was chirpy, bright, extremely witty, and lost none of the flavour of the original. I think even old Will himself would have been proud of it. Well done everyone!


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