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Midsummer Night’s Dream, A

Synopsis
Two-part production of Shakespeare’s play, with a Caribbean cast, set in Trinidad during carnival time. Aiming to enliven Shakespeare’s play by a different cultural context, director Hilary Norrish associates the court with "Spanish Catholicism - formal and austere" while the fairies and their magic is interpreted as "dark and powerful Shango spellcasting" (London Calling, May 1994, p.44). With George Harris as Oberon and Claire Benedict as Titania. Adapted and directed for radio by Hilary Norrish. No further information known (7/2007).
Series
Play of the Week (BBC World Service)
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Radio
Transmission details
1 May 1994 at 01:01 (Channel: BBC World Service)
Duration
120 (total running time)
Availability
Unknown

Credits

Director
Hilary Norrish
Writer
William Shakespeare
Cast
George HarrisOberon
Claire BenedictTitania

Additional Details

Production type
Television and Radio Drama
Historical period
1990s
Plays
Midsummer Night’s Dream, A
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Trinidad; magic; Carnivals

Notes

History
Originally broadcast in two 60-minute slots on 1/5/1994 and 8/5/1994 as part of the ‘Shakespeare Today’ season on BBC World Service.
Reviews
Source: London Calling (BBC World Service Programme and Frequency Guide), May 1994.

Production Company

Name

BBC World Service

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