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A Midsummer Night's Dream (1996)

A boy dreams the play. Authority in Athens is shaky: Hermia rejects her father's choice, the Duke backs her father, and the Duchess sides with Hermia. Dad's choice, Demetrius, pursues ... See full summary »

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Adrian Noble

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William Shakespeare (play)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lindsay Duncan ... Hippolyta / Titania
Alex Jennings ... Theseus / Oberon
Desmond Barrit ... Nick Bottom
Finbar Lynch ... Philostrate / Puck (as Barry Lynch)
Monica Dolan ... Hermia
Kevin Doyle ... Demetrius
Daniel Evans ... Lysander
Emily Raymond Emily Raymond ... Helena
Alfred Burke Alfred Burke ... Egeus
Howard Crossley Howard Crossley ... Tom Snout / Fairy
Robert Gillespie ... Robin Starveling / Cobweb
John Kane ... Peter Quince / Mustardseed
Mark Letheren Mark Letheren ... Francis Flute / Peaseblossom
Kenn Sabberton Kenn Sabberton ... Snug
Ann Hasson Ann Hasson ... First Fairy
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A boy dreams the play. Authority in Athens is shaky: Hermia rejects her father's choice, the Duke backs her father, and the Duchess sides with Hermia. Dad's choice, Demetrius, pursues Hermia but is loved by Helena. When Hermia and her lover meet in the woods the next night, Helena tells Demetrius in hopes she can follow and change his mind. Also in the woods are craftsmen preparing a play, plus the fairies: the fairy rulers, Oberon and Titania, are at odds, so Oberon conjures a spell and Titania falls for a craftsman bewitched with the ears of an ass. Oberon's sprite, Puck, also tries to bring the four young lovers into compatible couples but makes an error before all is right. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 November 1996 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

En skærsommernats drøm See more »

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Version of Quitxalla: Embolica que fa fort, Puck II (1980) See more »

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True to Shakespeare's original...much better than the latest version...
29 June 2001 | by sg_otsrSee all my reviews

The Royal Shakespeare version of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" is highly conceptual; in fact it is quite abstract. However, as an English teacher I prefer this version over the Michelle Pfeiffer/Calista Flockhart/Rupert Everett version; mainly because it does not mess with Shakespeare's text. My students have watched both versions as they studied "Midsummer..." (although it should be noted at this point that this version is a bit naughty...the Royal Shakespeare Company brings out that quality which is found in Shakespeare's comedies). During the viewing I suggested that they tried to follow along in their texts. We quickly found that the latest film version rearranges chunks of text freely (for example part of Helena's last speech in Act I: Scene I occurs after Act I: Scene II where the rustics are introduced). I did not find this interpretation disappointing at all. One must remember that it is based on a stage production. Perhaps the fact that I hold a degree in Theatre is the reason I found it so enjoyable. I agree that the adding of the boy is a nice touch for the film; however, it did confuse some of my students. This version provides a nice contrast to some of the other versions.


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