[England?] : BBC Video : Distributed by BBC Worldwide Americas ; Burbank, CA : Distributed in the USA and Canada by Warner Home Video, c2007.
2 videodiscs (ca. 360 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
DVD; Dolby Digital stereo.
(Much ado about nothing): Sarah Parish, Damian Lewis, Billie Piper, Tom Ellis, Derek Riddell, Nina Sosanya, Olivia Colman, Michael Smiley, Anthony O'Donnell, Martin Jarvis.
(Macbeth): James McAvoy, Keeley Hawes, Richard Armitage.
(The taming of the shrew): Shirley Henderson, Rufus Sewell, Stephen Tompkinson, Twiggy Lawson, Jaime Murray, Simon Chandler, David Mitchell, Santiago Cabrera.
(A midsummer night's dream): Imelda Staunton, Bill Paterson, Lennie James, Sharon Small, Johnny Vegas, Dean Lennox Kelly, William Ash, Rupert Evans, Zoe Tapper, Michelle Bonnard.
Director of photography, Peter Greenhalgh (1st film), Nic Knowland (2nd film), Alan Almond (3rd film), Tony Miller (4th film) ; editor, Kristina Hetherington (1st film), Chris Ridsdale (2nd film), Catherine Creed (3rd film), Mark Thornton (4th film) ; music, Tim Atack (1st film), Kevin Sargent (2nd film), Hal Lindes (3rd film), Charlie Mole (4th film).
Originally broadcast on BBC television in 2005.
All four plays are based on the works by William Shakespeare.
Macbeth is the chef in a 3-star restaurant; Beatrice and Benedict are rival co-anchors; Titania and Bottom carouse in a tawdry theme resort; and Petruchio sets out to tame the conservative Kate in a politically incorrect marriage of convenience.
Disc 1. Much ado about nothing / by David Nicholls ; produced by Diederick Santer ; directed by Brian Percival. Macbeth / by Peter Moffat ; produced by Pier Wilkie ; directed by Mark Brozel -- disc 2. The taming of the shrew / by Sally Wainwright ; produced by Diederick Santer ; directed by David Richards. A midsummer night's dream / by Peter Bowker ; produced by Pier Wilkie ; directed by Ed Fraiman.
Special features: Interviews with the stars and production team for all four plays.
E2890 BBC Video