A Midsummer Night’s Dream – 2007

Director Richard Brown

“Ay me! For aught that I could ever read,
Could ever hear by tale or history,
The course of true love never did run smooth…”

As a matter of fact, absolutely nothing runs smooth in ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. If the conceits, misunderstandings, pretensions and simple stubbornness of human beings were not enough to spread confusion in every direction, then the added ingredient of fairy magic makes sure we end up with an explosive mixture. But somehow it is all innocent, childish rather than malevolent, and in answer to Puck’s final speech, none of it offends. Rather it warms and cheers us. The mistakes are easy to forgive, no worse than our own shortcomings or bad decisions, for which we hope a similar gracious conclusion.

‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ never fails to charm. It is as captivating as any fairy story invented by Hans Anderson or the Brothers Grimm. It is as hilarious as any farcical situation from Dad’s Army and as lyrical as any play written. It is also, just possibly, the most watched play in the English language (or any other language come to think of it). Shakespeare enthusiasts will experience many different productions in a lifetime and always return with the same enthusiasm as each new production presents the story in a fresh new way. I, myself, have watched it in College gardens, on professional stages, in the cinema, all in Rumanian, performed by clog dancers, in Victorian dress, modern dress, but -curiously – not so often presented in traditional Shakespearian costume.

We hope you enjoy this interpretation of The Dream’, the first to be staged by Shakespeare at The George since 1989. We have worked hard to offer you a lively, fast-paced and colourful rendition, making full use of the beautiful setting of The George courtyard (as close to a traditional Shakespearian stage as any non-professional company is likely to get). We have chosen a traditional setting, but with additions! We have used colour to represent the power of magic – colour which spreads from the fairy world to the human world as the two become hopelessly entangled. We wish you a colourful, thoroughly enjoyable evening’s enchantment.

 

Cast

THE COURT

THESEUS Duke, of Athens Mark Hebert

HIPPOLYTA, Queen of the Amazons, betrothed to Theseus Stephanie Hamer

EGEUS, Father of Hermia Richard Morley

PHILOSTRATE, Master of the Revels at the Court of Theseus Kevin Webb

LADIES AT THE COURT Suzanne Williams, Phoebe Augstein, Jess Garrett, Helen Knight, Natalia Wieczorek

THE LOVERS

LYSANDER, in love with Hermia Thomas Mead

DEMETRIUS, preferred by Egeus as a match for Hermia Adam Pergande

HERMIA, in love with Lysander Stephanie Winiecki

HELENA, in love with Demetrius Nicola Kelly

 

THE FAIRIES

OBERON, King of the Fairies John Shippey

TITANIA, Queen of the Fairies Caroline Law

PUCK, Oberon’s unruly sprite Phil Cox

FAIRY, attendant to Titania Suzanne Williams

PEASEBLOSSOM Helen Knight

COBWEB Phoebe Augstein

MOTH Jess Garrett

MUSTARDSEED Natalia Wieczorek

ATTENDANTS TO OBERON Richard Morley, Kevin Webb

CHANGELING Henry Martin

 

THE MECHANICALS

PETER QUINCE, a carpenter Guy Marshall

NICK BOTTOM, a weaver Colin McLean

FRANCIS FLUTE, a bellows-mender Ray Livermore

TOM SNOUT, a tinker Mike Milne

ROBIN STARVELING, a tailor Henry Martin

SNUG, a joiner Andrew Wilkes

 

Production Team

Director Richard Brown

Production Assistants Sheila Pierre, Richard Morley

Stage Manager Kevin Connor

Music & Choreography Mike Milne

Wardrobe Mistress Jo Fradley

Costume Team Helen Arnett Mo Pearce

Poster Design Simon Webb

Construction & Backstage Kevin Connor, Suzanne Connor, Beth Connor, Chris Doyle, Kirsty Doyle, Ken McCollin

Properties Richard Meredith, Jacquie Spencer, Daisy Spencer

Sound Beth Connor

Lighting Adrian Wadey, Daniel Cousins, Natalie Jarvis, Roger Blackmore

Makeup Anna Wieczorek and friends

Prompt Caryl Jones

Front Of House Trish James and team

Box Office Cheryl and Michael Cook and team

Cast Photographs Kevin Connor, Beth Connor, Antonia Brown

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