A Midsummer Night's Dream - Peter Brook - Documentary with original footage excerpts - 1970

Peter Brook's landmark production featured a white box and trapeze set designed by Sally Jacobs.

Brook approached the play with deliberate radicalism, taking up the baton from Granville-Barker almost 60 years earlier who innovatively presented the play in London on an apron stage with minimal set.

The 1970 Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) production of A Midsummer Night's Dream was directed by Peter Brook, and is often known simply as Peter Brook's Dream. It opened in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre at Stratford-upon-Avon and then moved to the Aldwych Theatre in London's West End in 1971. It was taken on a world tour in 1972–1973. Brook's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream for the RSC is often described as one of the 20th century's most influential productions of Shakespeare, as it rejected many traditional ideas about the staging of classic drama.

The original 1970 Stratford cast was as follows:

Alan Howard as Theseus/Oberon
Sara Kestelman as Hippolyta/Titania
John Kane as Philostrate/Puck
Philip Locke as Egeus/Quince
Christopher Gable as Lysander
Ben Kingsley as Demetrius
Mary Rutherford as Hermia
Frances de la Tour as Helena
David Waller as Nick Bottom
Glynne Edwards as Francis Flute
Norman Rodway as Snout the tinker
Terrence Hardiman as Starveling the tailor
Barry Stanton as Snug the joiner

Documentary contributors: Jonathan Miller and Tony Gash.

This recording is for educational purposes only and is covered under Fair Use doctrine - Copyright - All rights reserved to their respective owners.

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