Russell T Davies has ignited social media after he ended his Midsummer Night’s Dream adaptation with a lesbian kiss.
The former Doctor Who creator reconstructed the Shakespeare classic for BBC. Before it aired there were many reports concerned that the British broadcaster would face backlash from Shakespeare purists. Not only did the new adaptation feature a same-sex romance, it also featured a death that did not exist in the original play.
Davies said he thinks the ending of his version of Midsummer Night’s Dream was the best thing he’s written.
“The last 10 minutes are the favourite thing I have ever done,” he told Radio Times.
Davies final, lesbian twist has sent fans abuzz. At the end of the recent BBC adaptation, Fairy Queen Titania and the newly freed Hippolyta embrace in a passionate kiss.
Twitter exploded with delight over the added lesbian encounter.
When asked by a BBC reporter if he was worried he’d upset the Shakespeare purists Davies said he is yet to meet a purist.
“There is no such thing as pure Shakespeare,” he said in the BBC interview. He also cheekily remarked that people will remember Hippolyta and Titania kissing from now on.
Fans didn’t only love the lesbian ending, they enjoyed the entire adaptation and thought Davies did an excellent job. Many people are still commending his take on the classic.