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A Midsummer Night's Dream (2016)

An adaptation of Shakespeare's classic for very young audiences.

Directors:

Ian Russell, Nia Lynn

Writers:

Claire Duffy (adapted by), William Shakespeare (play)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Peter Brown Peter Brown ... Young Fairy
Nicholas Burns ... Theseus
Evie Clark Evie Clark ... Young Fairy
Richard David-Caine Richard David-Caine ... Line
Andy Day Andy Day ... Quince
Joseph Elliott Joseph Elliott ... Cook
Laura Elsworthy Laura Elsworthy ... Hermia
Ben Faulks ... Francis Flute
Calum Finlay ... Lysander
Justin Fletcher ... Nick Bottom
Roger Griffiths ... Oberon
Esther Hall Esther Hall ... Hippolyta
Chris Jarvis Chris Jarvis ... Snout
Nicola Kavanagh Nicola Kavanagh ... Helena
Rebecca Keatley Rebecca Keatley ... Snug
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An adaptation of Shakespeare's classic for very young audiences.

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 April 2016 (UK) See more »

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Production Co:

BBC Learning Zone,CBeebies See more »
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Color
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Version of A Midsummer Night's Dream Part 1/II (1951) See more »

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Colorful Adaptation of the Shakespeare Classic for Children
21 June 2016 | by l_rawjalaurenceSee all my reviews

Recorded in front of a live audience at the Liverpool Everyman Theatre, this version of the Shakespeare classic introduced some familiar CBeebies television personalities into the action, almost like a Christmas pantomime.

The major emphasis in this production was on the play's comic elements; the work of the Rude Mechanicals, and the performance of "Pyramus and Thisbe." Very little of the Shakespearean dialogue was actually used; the emphasis here was very much on telling the story, making it clear that the main characters were somehow transformed by the fairies into behaving in ways that they might not normally react. This seemed especially useful, especially in showing how the four lovers ended up being attracted to the wrong partners.

With songs designed to tell the story in attenuated form, plus shots of the actors working backstage, this was a highly accessible version of the Shakespearean classic.


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