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A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream

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Review

As one of the most read and performed plays by Shakespeare it’s a case of familiarity breeding contempt with A Midsummer Night’s Dream and easy to write it off as lightweight, a charming, comedic romp full of fairies and fools. But when it is done well, the beautiful poetry and complex relationship tussles shine through more brightly than any of the elfin sparkles and moonlit escapades. This production is a masterpiece. Recorded in a forest in Sussex, it bedazzles with its sound effects and music. The starry cast makes every line sing. It’s the finest Shakespeare play that I have heard on radio.

Summary

A Midsummer Night's Dream, by William Shakespeare. One of the author's early comedies, the play revolves around the adventures of four lovers, a group of amateur actors and their interactions with the fairies who inhabit a moonlit forest. The story, which takes place at midsummer, is a complex farce featuring two couples, Hermia and Lysander, and Helena and Demetrius, whose romantic intrigues are confused and complicated when they enter the forest where Oberon, king of the fairies, and his queen Titania preside. With Lesley Sharp (Titania), Toby Stephens (Oberon), Robert Pugh (Peter Quince), Roger Allam (Nick Bottom), Freddie Fox (Puck), Nicholas Farrell (Theseus), Emma Fielding (Hippolyta), Joseph Timms (Lysander), Ferdinand Kingsley (Demetrius), Emerald O'Hanrahan (Hermia), Anna Madeley (Helena), David Collings (Egeus/Starveling), Nicholas Boulton (Philostate/Snug), Sara Markland (Fairy), Sam Alexander (Francis Flute), Sam Dale (Tom Snout), Jessica Sian (Peaseblossom), Jay Carter (Cobweb), Tressa Brooks (Moth) and Stuart Walker (Mustardseed). Music by Stephanie Nunn.

Cast & Crew

Director Celia de Wolff
Producer Celia de Wolff

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