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Midsummer Night’s Dream, A

Synopsis
A video recording, using a single, fixed camera of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s 1986 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Directed by Bill Alexander with Janet McTeer as Titania and Gerard Murphy as Oberon.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Recording date
4 Dec 1986
Duration
155 mins

Credits

Director
Bill Alexander
Writer
William Shakespeare
Music
Jeremy Sams
Production Design
William Dudley
Cast
Richard EastonTheseus
Janet McTeerHippolyta
Gerard MurphyOberon
Janet McTeerTitania
Nicholas WoodestonPuck (Robin Goodfellow)
Amanda HarrisHermia
Charlotte WilliamsPeaseblossom
Christopher AshleySnug
Cornelia HayesFairy 1 (Fairy)
David HaigPeter Quince
Donald McBrideTom Snout
Jane LancasterFairy 2 (Fairy)
Joely RichardsonHelena
Kate FleetwoodMustardseed
Malcolm HassallFairy
Malcolm HassallFootman
Martin JacobsDemetrius
Nichola SwashMoth
Paul GreenwoodLysander
Paul VenablesFrancis Flute
Pete PostlethwaiteNick Bottom
Philippa StantonCobweb
Robert DemegerEgeus
Roger MossFairy
Sean BeanRobin Starveling
Stanley DawsonPhilostrate

Additional Details

Theatre
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Theatre company
Royal Shakespeare Company
Production type
Stage Recordings
Historical period
No period
Plays
Midsummer Night’s Dream, A
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Doubling of roles
Related items
Midsummer Night’s Dream, A

Notes

Notes
A recording was made at the Barbican 5 February 1988 with Frances Tomelty as Titania/Hippolyta.
General
`William Dudley opens the play in what looks like the Berlin Reichschancellery around 1937 and moves it to an Athenian wood which marries Klingsor’s Magic Garden to Selfridges’ southwest corner window with allusions to Tenniel’s ‘Alice’ and the disorienting botanical dream-world of Richard Dadd." Michael Radcliffe, The Observer 13 July .86.
History
Press night 8 July 1986
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
Hyland, Dominic (ed). A Midsummer Night’s Dream. (Harlow, Essex: Longman, 1990).
[Annotated student edition, with questions for study. Concludes with a discussion of comedy and the major characters in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In an introductory essay, Bill Alexander discusses his direction of the 1986-87 Royal Shakespeare Company production].

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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