A Midsummer Night’s Dream
RSC/Royal Insurance Tour of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 12 September-11 November 1989.
Mayflower Theatre Southampton, Hampshire 12–16 September;
King’s Theatre Edinburgh, Lothian, Scotland 19–23 September;
Empire Theatre Liverpool, Merseyside 26–30 September;
Theatre Royal Norwich, Norfolk 3–7 October;
Theatre Royal Newcastle-upon-Tyne 10–14 October;
Theatre Royal Nottingham, Nottinghamshire 17–21 October;
Alhambra Theatre Bradford, WestYorkshire 24–28 October;
Grand Opera House Belfast, Northern Ireland 31 October-4 November;
Theatre Royal Bath, Avon 7–11 November.
Cast & Crew
|Changeling Boy||Krishnan Chauhan|
|Changeling Boy||Mandip Jheeta|
|Fairy||Peter Hamilton Dyer|
|Choreographer||Anthony Van Laast|
|Light Designer||Alan Burrett|
|Music by||Felix Mendelssohn|
|Music by||Ilona Sekacz|
- 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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