A Midsummer Night’s Dream
World Tour 8 Aug 1972 – 4 Aug 1973. Many changes of cast during tour. Philip Locke played Egeus and Quince until 16 Dec 1972, then these roles were taken by Denis Carey. Richard Moore played Starveling until 16 Dec 1972, then this role was taken by Phillip Manikum. Bruce Myers played Lysander until September 1972. The role was taken until 13 Jan 1973 by Philip Sayer, then from Jan 23 by Terence Taplin. Glynne Lewis played Demetrius until Nov 24 1972, then David Meyer took the role until 13 Jan 1973, then it was taken by Philip Sayer from 23 Jan 1973. David Meyer took the role of a Fairy until 24 Nov 1972, then again from Jan 23. Anthony Meyer took the role of a Fairy until 13 Jan 1973. Ralph Cotterill took the role of a Fairy from 23 Jan 1973. Doyne Byrd and Patricia Doyle took the role of additional Fairies from 4 Dec 1972. Gillian Joyce took the role of an additional Fairy from 4 Dec 1972 until 19 April 1972. Lynette Davies took the role of an additional Fairy from 3 May 1973.
8–12 Aug Aldwych Theatre, London;
14–19 Aug Hippodrome, Bristol;
21–26 Aug Gaumont, Southampton;
28 Aug-24 Nov World Tour (Europe) visited:
28 August-2 Sept, Freie Volksbuhne, Berlin, West Germany;
4–9 Sept Residenztheater Munich, W Germany;
11–23 Sept Theatre de la Ville Paris, France;
26–28 Sept, 1–2 Oct Teatro la Fenice Venice, Italy;
5–7 Oct National Theatre Belgrade, Yugoslavia;
9–11 Oct Teatro Lirico Milan, Italy;
13–14 Oct Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg, W Germany;
17–19 Oct Vigszinhag Budapest, Hungary;
23–28 Oct Opera House Bucharest, Romania;
30 Oct-2 Nov Opera House Sofia, Bulgaria;
5–7 Nov National Theatre Zagreb, Yugoslavia;
10–12 Nov Stadttheater Colgne, W Germany;
15–19 Nov National Theatre Helsinki, Finland;
22–24 Nov National Theatre Warsaw, Poland;
4–9 Dec New Theatre, Cardiff;
11–16 Dec Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool;
26 Dec-6 Jan 1973 Aldwych Theatre, London;
8–13 Jan Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford;
Jan 23–4 Aug 1973 World Tour:
23 Jan-3 March Ahmanson Theatre Los Angeles, USA;
6–24 March American Conservatory Theatre San Francisco, USA;
2–21 April Kennedy Centre Washington, DC, USA;
3–20 May Nissei Theatre Tokyo, Japan;
22 May Festival Hall, Osaka, Japan;
24 May Kobe Kokusai Kaikan, Kobe, Japan;
26 May Nagoya Shimin Kaikan, Nagoya, Japan;
5–9 June New Festival Theatre Adelaide, Australia;
12 June-7 July Her Majesty’s Theatre, Melbourne, Australia;
10 July-4 August Elizabethan Theatre, Sydney, Australia.
Cast & Crew
|Snug||Hugh Keays Byrne|
|Music by||Felix Mendelssohn|
|Music by||Richard Peaslee|
- Source: RSC Performance Database
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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