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Shakespeare retold

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A midsummer night's dream: Imelda Staunton, Bill Paterson, Lennie James, Sharon Small, Johnny Vegas.

Publication Information

[London] : BBC Video : 2 Entertain Video ; [New York] : Distributed by BBC Worldwide Americas ; Burbank, CA : Distributed in the USA and Canada by Warner Home Video, [2007]

Physical Description

2 videodiscs (ca. 360 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.


Not rated.


These four productions bring Shakespeare alive for a 21st century. Macbeth is the chef in a three-star restaurant; Beatrice and Benedict are rival co-anchors on a nightly newscast; Titania and Bottom carouse together in a tawdry theme resort called Dream Park; and the eccentric aristocrat Petruchio sets out to tame the conservative MP Kate in a politically incorrect marriage of convenience.


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"As seen on BBC America"--Container.

Based on the works by William Shakespeare.

Originally broadcast as individual episodes on BBC television in 2005.

Extras: interviews with the stars and production team for all four plays.


  • Much ado about nothing / Macbeth / Taming of the shrew / Midsummer night's dream

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