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Midsummer Night’s Dream, A

Synopsis
Video recording by the Theatre on Film and Tape (TOFT) using a single, fixed camera, of Adrian Noble’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Alex Jennings as Oberon and Lindsay Duncan as Titania. The performance was videotaped for TOFT by Richard Stucker.
Language
English
Country
United States
Medium
Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Recording date
25 May 1996
Duration
150 mins

Credits

Writer
William Shakespeare
Music
Ilona Sekacz
Production Design
Anthony Ward
Contributor
Richard Stucker
Cast
Alex JenningsTheseus
Lindsay DuncanHippolyta
Alex JenningsOberon
Lindsay DuncanTitania
Barry LynchPuck (Robin Goodfellow)
Alfred BurkeEgeus
Ann HassonFirst Fairy (Fairy)
Barry LynchPhilostrate
Desmond BarritNick Bottom
Emily ButtonFairy
Emily RaymondHelena
Howard CrossleyTom Snout
Jane ColenuttFairy
John KanePeter Quince
Kenn SabbertonSnug
Kevin DoyleDemetrius
Mark LetherenFairy
Mark LetherenFrancis Flute
Monica DolanHermia
Robert GillespieRobin Starveling
Toby StephensLysander

Additional Details

Theatre
Luft-Fontanne Theatre, New York City
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 and on Broadway. The National Video Archive of Performance recorded the production on three cameras at the Barbican 19 August 1995, and the Royal Shakespeare Company on single cameras at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre 16 September 1994 and at the Barbican 29 April 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
New York Times (April 29 1996).

Archive

Name

Theatre on Film and Tape (TOFT)

Email
toft@nypl.org
Web
http://www.nypl.org/locations/lpa/theatre-film-and-tape-archive External site opens in new window
Phone
+ 1 (212) 870-1642
Fax
(212) 8701868
Address
Billy Rose Theatre Collection
40 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York,New York
10023-7498
USA

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