Friday, August 21, 2015

'A Midsummer Night's Dream' by William Shakespeare

21 August 2015

Last Thursday we were at the Library Theatre in Leighton Buzzard to see a screening of Julie Taymor's production of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' at the Theater for a New Audience in Brooklyn, New York, in December 2014. This stunning production included amazing stagecraft, impressive choreography, original music, a massive cast – and the truly remarkable Kathryn Hunter as Puck. An enormous bedsheet covered the thrust stage before being wafted high into the air to form billowing clouds above the action, onto which a variety of magical flowers were projected. The rude mechanicals were a gang of 'New Yoik' working men, armed with power tools. When Bottom (played by Max Casella) gained the head of a donkey, his long snout ended in a very realistic animatronic mouth (complete with Bottom's pencil moustache). The British actor David Harewood played a sinister, muscular, Oberon. And the comic scenes were incredibly funny. An electrifying Shakespearean experience – jump at the chance to see it.

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