A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Tour of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Physicists, 1963. Venues as follows:
14–18 May, King’s Theatre Edinburgh. 14–16 May A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 17–18 May The Physicists. 20–25 May, Theatre Royal, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. 20–25 May A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 21 and 24 May The Physicists. 27 May-1 June The Alhambra, Bradford. 27 May-1 June, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 31 May and 1 June, The Physicists. 3–8 June, Royal Opera House, Manchester. 3–8 June A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 4 and 7 June, The Physicists.
Cast & Crew
|Fairy 1||Patricia Conolly|
|Fairy Matron||Doris Hare|
|Unnamed parts||Richard Arthure|
|Unnamed parts||Barry Ashton|
|Unnamed parts||John Cobner|
|Unnamed parts||John Harwood|
|Unnamed parts||Jonathan Holden|
|Unnamed parts||Gordon Honeycombe|
|Unnamed parts||Dane Howell|
|Unnamed parts||Ian Lindsay|
|Unnamed parts||April Walker|
|Designer||Lila De Nobili|
|Music by||Raymond Leppard|
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A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a classic and much loved text by William Shakespeare. Written around the late 1500s, like most Shakespearean texts, A Midsummer Night’s Dream stands the test of time; the narrative is almost timeless and it is still performed regularly to this day.
The story is about four Athenian “lovers” who are all in love with one another; Hermia and Lysander are in love but Hermia’s farther, Egeus, wants her to marry Demetrius who also loves her. Left behind is poor Helena, who has a deep and unrequited love for Demetrius. As Hermia and Lysander run away together to a nearby forest on the eve of a big Athenian wedding between Theseus and Hippolyta. Demetrius follows the object of his affection, as does Helena.
Chaos ensues as the escaped lovers are set upon by magical forces dwelling in the woods. As a result of a magic potion, the lovers fall for different women.
Also affected by the mischevious woodland spirits are “the Mechanicals”, labourers from Athens who are practicing a play for the royal Athenian wedding.
Hilarity, sexuality and desire are key themes in this whimsical text by Shakespeare.
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