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A Midsummer Night's Dream (1985)

Mistaken identity, unrequited love, and the supernatural are combined in Shakespeare's classic set in the woods of Greece on a moonlit night.

Director:

Celestino Coronado

Writers:

David Brandon (stage production) (as David Haughton), Lindsay Kemp (stage production) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Lindsay Kemp ... Puck
Manuela Vargas Manuela Vargas ... Hippolyta
Jack Birkett Jack Birkett ... Titania
Michael Matou Michael Matou ... Oberon
François Testory François Testory ... Changeling AND Snout / Tree
David Meyer David Meyer ... Lysander
Neil Caplan Neil Caplan ... Theseus / The Beast
David Brandon ... Demetrius (as David Haughton)
Annie Huckle Annie Huckle ... Hermia
Cheryl Heazlewood Cheryl Heazlewood ... Helena
Attilio Lopez Attilio Lopez ... Romeo / Bottom
Christian Michaelson Christian Michaelson ... Juliet / Flute
Javier Sanz Javier Sanz ... Starveling / Moon
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Bizarre and unique interpretation of Shakespeare by one of Scotlands best (adopted) artists.
19 June 2005 | by projectcyclopsSee all my reviews

This production of Midsummers Night Dream is very close to my heart, as a fan of Lindsay Kemps artwork and theatre productions I was thrilled to hear that this version of the play existed and nothing short of delighted when i finally managed to track a copy down (taped from television in the mid 1980's).

Kemp co-wrote the script with David Brandon and plays cheeky Puck, the mischievous sprite, but what stands out the most to my mind are the spectacular costumes and stage designs. The set pieces really help to add an air of magic to the play, while the performances themselves are undeniably graceful and poised proving that Director Celestino Coronada has competently handled the shift from stage to screen.

The story remains the same, four lovers, some rude mechanics and a quibble over a young boy by the King and Queen of the forest. The big change is that this is a musical version of Shakespears play and although the songs were written long after the playwrite was dead, his message remains as gently amusing and entertaining as ever.

I highly recommend this production to admirers of Kemps work and fans of the genre. Sadly very few copies exist, but if you find one... watch it! The surreal value and marvellous performances (especially the King and Queen) cannot be denied, every mid-summers night I watch this film with friends and each time it gets better.


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