A Midsummer Night's Dream - Shakespeare's Globe 2002

Friday, 07 June, 2002

Written: William Shakespeare
Director: Mike Alfreds
Producer: Globe Theatre
Cast:Geraldine Alexander (Hippolyta/Titania), Louise Bush (Helena/Fairy) , Keith Dunphy (Demetrius) , Ryan Early (Starveling (Moonshire)/First Fairy) , Paul Higgins (Tehseus/Oberon) , Richard Katz (Lysander/Fairy) , Patrick Lennox (Snout (Wall)/Fairy) , Gary Lilburn (Egeus/Fairy) , John Ramm (Bottom/Fairy) , Philippa Stanton (Hermia/Fairy) , Simon Trinder (Puck/Philostrate) , Paul Trussell (Peter Quince/Fairy) , Jem Wall (Snug (Lion)/Fairy)
Synopsis: When a quartet of bickering young lovers find themselves in a magical forest after fleeing the restraints of Athenian life, the fairy king Oberon is concerned to see that the natural state of things is slipping out of balance. Frustrated also by his feud with the fairy queen Totania, Oberon enlists the mischievous puck Robin Goodfellow to minister a special love-potion which will re-direct the wayward passions, and restore order to the lives of lovers and fairies alike.
Other Info: **An modern practices production, exploring clothing, music and settings possible in 2002.

**What the critics say***

This production has received mixed notices......LYN GARDNER for THE GUARDIAN says, "An enjoyable Midsummer Night's Dream" And goes on to say, " Alfreds' production has clarity of thought, storytelling and verse-speaking, although it is seriously in need of pace." PAUL TAYLOR for THE INDEPENDENT says, "Delightful production " And goes on to say, "John Ramm, as an adorably keen Bottom, and Simon Trinder whose Puck is a charismatic cherub, crowing and cartwheeling with glee, head the fine company." DOMINIC CAVENDISH for THE DAILY TELEGRAPH did not like this production headlining, "Amateur dramatics" and goes on to say,".. nondescript and vocally underpowered performances..." FIONA MOUNTFORD for THE EVENING STANDARD says, "A distinctly unmagical production... Out of a pool of mediocrity, only Philippa Stanton's Hermia stands out. "IAN JOHNS for THE TIMES says, "It’s jolly enough, but the play’s sensual magic is lost along the way. " JANE EDWARDES dor TIME OUT says, "I've seen funnier productions.."

External links to full reviews from newspapers

Daily Telegraph
The Guardian
The Independent
The Times

Production Photos by Donald Cooper

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