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Series / Shakespeare Re Told

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Shakespeare Re-Told is a 2005 British mini-series produced by The BBC.

It consists of four adaptations of William Shakespeare plays. They are updated to the modern day, with modern sensibilities.

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    Much Ado About Nothing 
A retelling of Much Ado About Nothing adapted by David Nicholls and directed by Brian Percival. It stars Sarah Parish, Damian Lewis, Billie Piper, Martin Jarvis, Tom Ellis and Derek Riddell.

A retelling of Macbeth adapted by Peter Moffat and directed by Mark Brozel. It stars Vincent Regan, James McAvoy, Keeley Hawes, Joseph Millson, Toby Kebbell and Richard Armitage.

    The Taming of the Shrew 
A retelling of The Taming of the Shrew adapted by Sally Wainwright and directed by David Richards. It stars Shirley Henderson, Rufus Sewell, Jaime Murray, Stephen Tompkinson, Twiggy and David Mitchell.

    A Midsummer Night's Dream 
A retelling of A Midsummer Night's Dream adapted by Peter Bowker and directed by Ed Fraiman. It stars Bill Paterson, Imelda Staunton, Zoe Tapper, William Ash, Rupert Evans, Sharon Small, Lennie James and Dean Lennox Kelly.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Puck does this constantly.
  • Composite Character: Egeus (Hermia's father) and Theseus (the Duke of Athens) are combined into a single character named Theo.
    • Theseus's fiancée Hippolyta becomes Polly, Theo's wife of many years and mother of Hermia, so this may also count. (Hermia's mother never appears in the original play, but it's a fair bet that she existed at some point.)
  • Interspecies Romance: Titania and Oberon.


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