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Midsummer Night’s Dream, A

Synopsis
A video recording, using a single, fixed camera, of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s 1989 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Directed by John Caird with John Carlisle and Clare Higgins doubling their roles of Oberon/Theseus and Titania/Hippolyta.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Recording date
24 Aug 1989
Duration
180 mins

Credits

Director
John Caird
Writer
William Shakespeare
Music
Ilona Sekacz
Production Design
Sue Blane
Cast
John CarlisleTheseus
Clare HigginsHippolyta
John CarlisleOberon
Clare HigginsTitania
Richard McCabePuck (Robin Goodfellow)
Amanda BellamyHermia
Andrew HavillFairy
Charlotte BridgewaterPeaseblossom
Chloe TrotmanMustardseed
Curtis MasonMoth
David Shaw-ParkerTom Snout
David TroughtonNick Bottom
Dhobi OpareiRobin Starveling
Fiona GibsonPeaseblossom
Graham Turner (1)Francis Flute
Jacqueline LeonardFairy
Jimmy GardnerSnug
Jodie BallMustardseed
Keith GoozeeFairy
Krishnan ChauhanChangeling Boy
Liza HaydenFairy
Mandip JheetaChangeling Boy
Mark SeaversMoth
Nell RichardsonFairy
Paul LacouxDemetrius
Paul WebsterPeter Quince
Peter Hamilton DyerFairy
Polly KempFairy
Richard HandyCobweb
Russell EnochEgeus
Sarah CrowdenHelena
Sharon HindsFairy
Stephen SimmsLysander
Zachary GregoryCobweb

Additional Details

Theatre
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Theatre company
Royal Shakespeare Company
Production type
Stage Recordings
Historical period
1980s
Plays
Midsummer Night’s Dream, A
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Doubling of roles

Notes

Notes
Different actors and actresses played the fairies in different performances. It has not been ascertained who played the roles on the RSC recording.
General
`The ‘wood’ is a junk yard of broken bicycles and pianos and the like, with an iron bedstead to serve as a bower for Titania. Fairies clump about unmagically in Doc Martens. Puck, also heavily booted, wears motoring goggles, school cap and a tutu over baggy Bermuda shorts’. Kenneth Hurren, Mail on Sunday (16 April 1989).
History
Press night 11 April 1989.
Stills
Stills from, and design notes on, the production are available on the Arts and Humanities Performing Arts Data Service (AHDS) at http://ahds.ac.uk/performingarts/collections/designing-shakespeare.htm
Reviews
Smallwood, Robert Shakespeare Quarterly 41 (1990), pp 101-14 (review article).

Production Company

Name

Royal Shakespeare Company

Web
https://www.rsc.org.uk External site opens in new window
Address
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Waterside
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire
CV37 6BB

Archive

Name

Shakespeare Centre Library and Archive

Email
scla@shakespeare.org.uk
Web
https://www.shakespeare.org.uk/ External site opens in new window
Phone
01789 204016 (bookings)
Fax
01789 262073
Address
Henley Street
Stratford-upon-Avon
CV37 6QW

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