Gay Kiss in Russell T. Davies’ ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ Draws Applause – VIDEO

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Despite fears of a backlash, viewers have responded positively to a gay kiss in Russell T. Davies’ BBC adaption of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Davies is also responsible for the original version of Queer As Folk, last year’s genius Cucumber / Banana / Tofu and the Doctor Who revival.

According to English tabloid The Mirror, there were concerns that Shakespeare purists would not take kindly to the new film version which features a passionate kiss between female characters Titania and Hippolyte as well as a death not in the original text. 

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Asked what such purists would think, Davies said, “They will be perfectly happy. To be a Shakespeare purist means you’re in love with imagination and drama and truth and fun and honesty.”

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He added,

“Really only idiots might have a problem with that. That’s what plays do [–] they reinvent themselves constantly, for every generation, the next generation will do a new one and this is how they are meant to be done.

“If you’ve got a problem, line up and kiss me instead.”

He added that the changes came about because “I don’t like the end of the play where frankly [Titania] is submissive to Oberon and he gets away with his tricks. It’s very male/female, male/female.”

One Tweeter thought Shakespeare may not be too happy.

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But he loved it…

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Of course, not everyone was best pleased.

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Watch a trailer for A Midsummer Night’s Dream complete with Bjork soundtrack below.

(Image via Twitter)

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