Twelfth Night

Tuesday 23 June – Saturday 4 July 2020

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A Midsummer Night's Dream

2007
The George
Directed by 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

Creative 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
Friends of SATG

Prompt

Caryl Jones

Front of House

Trish James
Friends of SATG

Box Office

Cheryl Cook
Michael Cook
Friends of SATG

Cast Photographs

Kevin Connor
Beth Connor
Antonia Brown