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Midsummer Night’s Dream, A

Synopsis
A mixed video recording, using three cameras, of A Midsummer Night’s Dream directed by Tim Supple.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Recording date
13 Apr 2007
Duration
150 mins

Credits

Director
Tim Supple
Writer
William Shakespeare
Music
Devissaro
Production Design
Sumant Jayakrishnan
Choreographer
M. Palani; P. Paumakumar
Cast
P.R. JijoyTheseus
Archana RamaswamyHippolyta
P.R. JijoyOberon
Archana RamaswamyTitania
Ajay KumarPuck (Robin Goodfellow)
Ajay KumarPhilostrate
Chandan Roy SanyalLysander
Dharminder PawarGlow Worm
Faezeh JalaliPeaseblossom
J. JayakumarEgeus
J. JayakumarMoth
J.D. AshwatthamaPeter Quince
Jitu ShastriSnug
Joy FernandesNick Bottom
Joyraj BhattacharyaFrancis Flute
Prasanna MahagamageDemetrius
Ram PawarBoy stolen from Indian King
Shanaya RafaatHelena
T. GopalakrishnanRobin Starveling
Tapan DasDragonfly
Umesh JagtapTom Snout
Yuki ElliasHermia

Additional Details

Theatre
Roundhouse, London
Theatre company
Dash Arts
Production type
Stage Recordings
Plays
Midsummer Night’s Dream, A
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Multicultural casting; Complete Works Festival (Stratford upon Avon 2006-7)

Notes

Notes
The production employed Indian and Sri Lankan actors who spoke in seven Asian languages, roughly half the performance is in English.

The National Video Archive of Performance also holds a tape WATCHING, MAKING, SHAPING which is interviews made during the archival recording.


The production was also videotaped by the Royal Shakespeare Company on 10/6/2006. This recording is catalogued separately.
General
A wide screen recording can be made at three weeks’ notice.
History
The production played 7-17 June 2006 as part of the Complete Works Festival after having played in cities throughout India.

The National Video Archive of Performance videotaped the evening performance.
Reviews
Tim Supple is interviewed by Heather Neill about the production on theatrevoice.com. The 40 minute interview was recorded 18 December 2006 at the Roundhouse, London.

"What this production does brilliantly is create a world on stage: one that has echoes of Ovid, Ted Hughes and the Polish critic, Jan Kott, but is also truly Shakespearean. This, we realise, is a play of multiple transformations all wonderfully realised in this visionary sub-continental version". Michael Billington, The Guardian (March 14 2007).

Archive

Name

V&A Theatre & Performance Collections: National Video Archive of Performance

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