As part of ERA’s commitment to helping licence holders make best use of the material available to them, we have decided to start highlighting our ‘top pick’ each week. We’re hoping to reveal multiple educational uses for a single episode, series, or film with enough time to act as a ‘heads up’ for teachers to be able to record, or access the material.
Our pick of the week is the Russell T Davies adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This new version of the famous Shakespearean comedy is airing 8:30pm on BBC1.
Classic Shakespeare play adapted for television by Russell T Davies. In the tyrannical court of Athens, 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…
As this version of the play has received press for making changes to the original story, it could be a good starting point for your English or Drama class to discuss the nature of adaptation.
If you’re looking for more Shakespeare resources, the BBC Shakespeare Archive Resource is open to all schools, colleges and universities in the UK – for more information watch this promotional video.
You can also access curated clips through our new learning platform .To use the platform, you just need to email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will set-up a login so that you can access the site freely.