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Image from A Midsummer Night's Dream, Brook/Jacobs, Royal Shakespeare Company, August 1970
Image from A Midsummer Night's Dream, Brook/Jacobs, Royal Shakespeare Company, August 1970
Image from A Midsummer Night's Dream, Brook/Jacobs, Royal Shakespeare Company, August 1970
Image from A Midsummer Night's Dream, Brook/Jacobs, Royal Shakespeare Company, August 1970
Image from A Midsummer Night's Dream, Brook/Jacobs, Royal Shakespeare Company, August 1970
Image from A Midsummer Night's Dream, Brook/Jacobs, Royal Shakespeare Company, August 1970
Image from A Midsummer Night's Dream, Brook/Jacobs, Royal Shakespeare Company, August 1970
Image from A Midsummer Night's Dream, Brook/Jacobs, Royal Shakespeare Company, August 1970
Image from A Midsummer Night's Dream, Brook/Jacobs, Royal Shakespeare Company, August 1970
Image from A Midsummer Night's Dream, Brook/Jacobs, Royal Shakespeare Company, August 1970
Image from A Midsummer Night's Dream, Brook/Jacobs, Royal Shakespeare Company, August 1970
Image from A Midsummer Night's Dream, Brook/Jacobs, Royal Shakespeare Company, August 1970
Image from A Midsummer Night's Dream, Brook/Jacobs, Royal Shakespeare Company, August 1970
Performance Details - A Midsummer Night's Dream
Brook/Jacobs, Royal Shakespeare Company, August 1970
"All this takes place at Stratford in a bare and consistently brightly lit stage which has the three levels of the Elizabethan Playhouse without being in any sense a reproduction of them. There is the audience level on which the cast make their contact with the public at the close of the play and on one or two other occasions earlier on in the proceedings. And there is a stage level which proves to be an enclosed white space - a room with two doors at the rear through which Theseus and Hippolyta enter...[and] exit as Oberon and Titania to enact what I take to be a pre-marital dream...For the working out of this dream a third level has to be arrived at. In fact the parallel is provided by a cat walk round the top of the room that constitutes the principle acting area of Sally Jacobs' set...The faries take on the form of modern-dress puppeteers dangling massive steel fishing rods that have the purpose both of suggesting that the quartet of lovers are manipulated marionettes and, at the same time, have the practical function of suggesting the trees that are supposed to grow in the wood near Athens." Peter Roberts, Plays and Players 10.70
Opening Date: 27 August 1970
Theatre: Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Theatre Company: Royal Shakespeare Company
 
 
Cast - A Midsummer Night's Dream
David Waller Bottom
Ben Kingsley Demetrius
Hugh Keays Byrne/Celia Quicke/John York Fairies
Glynne Lewis Flute
Frances de la Tour Helena
Mary Rutherford Hermia
Sara Kestelman Hippolyta/Titania
Christopher Gable Lysander
Alan Howard Oberon/Theseus
John Kane Puck/Philostrate
Norman Rodway Snout
Barry Stanton Snug
Terrence Hardiman Starveling
Sally Jacobs designer
Peter Brook director
William Shakespeare playwright

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