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A Midsummer Night's Dream

Duration:
2 hours
First broadcast:
Sunday 11 September 2011

As part of the BBC's Shakespeare Unlocked season another chance to hear Radio 3's summer production of A Midsummer Night's Dream.

The play revolves around the adventures of four young lovers, a group of amateur actors and their interactions with the fairies who inhabit a moonlit forest. The story takes place in Midsummer and is a complex farce featuring Hermia and Lysander, Helena and Demetrius. Their romantic intrigues are confused and complicated still further by entering the forest where Oberon King of the fairies and his queen Titania, preside. Puck (or Robin Goodfellow) is a major character who is full of mischief and tricks. Other visitors to the enchanted forest include Bottom, the Weaver and his friends Snug, Snout, Quince and Flute, the amateur dramatists who want to rehearse their terrible but hilarious version of the play Pyramus and Thisbe.

Recorded last summer on location in 22 acres of Sussex woodland, this production has an all star cast.

Director: Celia de Wolff

Music by Stephanie Nunn

Titania ..... Lesley Sharp
Oberon ..... Toby Stephens
Peter Quince ..... Robert Pugh
Nick Bottom ..... Roger Allam
Puck ..... Freddie Fox
Theseus ..... Nicholas Farrell
Hippolyta ..... Emma Fielding
Lysander ..... Joseph Timms
Demetrius ..... Ferdinand Kingsley
Hermia ..... Emerald O'Hanrahan
Helena ..... Anna Madeley
Egeus / Starveling ..... David Collings
Philostrate / Snug ..... Nicholas Boulton
Fairy ..... Sara Markland
Francis Flute ..... Sam Alexander
Tom Snout ..... Sam Dale
Peaseblossom ..... Jessica Sian
Cobweb ..... Jay Carter
Moth ..... Tressa Brooks
Mustardseed ..... Stuart Walker.

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