We'll Try a Thousand Charming Ways to Win Ye
Donald Macleod on Purcell's music for a 1692 adaptation of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream - The Fairy Queen.
Donald Macleod explores Purcell's music for a spectacular 1692 adaptation of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Fairy Queen. Later that year the London stage faced disasters involving its principal performers - the worst being the murder of the actor William Mountfort, by an army officer, over the star actress Anne Bracegirdle. This was a bad omen for the United Company, which thanks to financial mismanagement was on the brink of collapse.