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A Midsummer Night’s Dream is our new ‘Play of the Month’

Rather late (it’s the 6th March) we’re making A Midsummer Night’s Dream our ‘Play of the Month’ for March ’17. Because it’s late, and because it’s fun, we’ve upgraded our video of Eliza Langland’s interpretation of “Bottom’s Dream” and before we tell you all about what we provide with the play, here’s the video (just click on the arrow to play it):

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Now you’ve heard one of Bottom’s speeches, you can explore most of his parts. Find the “Let’s Explore” section of the index to the right of this post (or after it, if you’re using a mobile phone), and within that section, there’s a link to Bottom / Pyramus – the leading actor . Click on it and you’ll be able to explore all Bottom’s major speeches.

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In the same section (Let’s Explore) you’ll find similar pages to explore: Helena – the rejected loverPuck, or Robin GoodfellowQuince / Prologue – the Elizabethan director; and Titania – The Queen of the Fairies. Choose one that interests you, and click on the link.

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If there’s a few of you, you can read some scenes from A Mdisummer Night’s Dream by choosing one of the scenes in the “Let’s Play” section of the index.

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Of course what we’re really hoping you’ll do is run a play-reading. In our “Castings for Play-readings” section of the index, we provide castings for 2 – 12 people to play-read the play together. And if you want to see how Shakespeare’s companies did it, you can find the original casting for 20 players.

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If you want to sit back and relax and watch the play, we’ve got reviews (with links to find the streaming version of them) of two wonderful productions. The Peter Hall production from 1968 with Judi Dench as Titania, and a host of other stars, and a personal favourite, the recent production at The Globe, which we gave 5 * in our review.

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So there’s plenty to keep you busy all month with A Mdisummer Night’s Dream.

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Let’s play!

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Richard Forsyth
‘The Director’
Players-Shakespeare.com

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