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Midsummer Night’s Dream, A

Synopsis
Video recording by the Royal Shakespeare Company using a single, fixed camera, of Adrian Noble’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Alex Jennings as Oberon and Stella Gonet as Titania.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Recording date
16 Sep 1994
Duration
155 mins

Credits

Writer
William Shakespeare
Music
Ilona Sekacz
Production Design
Anthony Ward
Cast
Alex JenningsTheseus
Stella GonetHippolyta
Alex JenningsOberon
Stella GonetTitania
Barry LynchPuck (Robin Goodfellow)
Alfred BurkeEgeus
Barry LynchPhilostrate
Daniel EvansFrancis Flute
Daniel EvansFairy
Desmond BarritNick Bottom
Emma FieldingHermia
Haydn GwynneHelena
Howard CrossleyTom Snout
Kenn SabbertonSnug
Kenn SabbertonFairy
Kevin DoyleDemetrius
Philip VossPeter Quince
Philip VossFairy
Robert GillespieRobin Starveling
Toby StephensLysander

Additional Details

Theatre
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Theatre company
Royal Shakespeare Company
Production type
Stage Recordings
Historical period
1990s
Plays
Midsummer Night’s Dream, A
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Doubling of roles

Notes

Notes
The production opened at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, press night 3 August 1994. There were some changes to the cast in the transfer to the Barbican. The production went to the United States and was recorded by TOFT at a performance given at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, New York City May 25 1996. The RSC also recorded, on a single camera, a performance at the Barbican 29 April 1995 and the National Video Archive of Performance recorded, on three cameras, a performance at the Barbican 19 August 1995. These recordings are catalogued separately.
General
Adrian Noble’s 1996 film was based on the design and concept of this stage production.
Awards
Anthony Ward won an Olivier Award for Best Costume Designer for this production.
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
Holland, Peter Shakespeare Survey 48 (1996), pp. 191-226 espec. 202-5.

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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