A Midsummer Night's Dream (2003): Bristol Old Vic
PrA Midsummer Night's Dream (2003)
PRINCIPAL CAST: Kate Fleetwood (Helena); Jaye Griffiths (Titania); Patrick Kennedy (Lysander); Matthew McKenzie-Lee (Demetrius); Lyndsey Marshal (Hermia); Tom Smith (Puck); Ronan Vibert (Oberson); Stewart Wright (Bottom).
This production ran from 9 May - 7 June 2003.
"David Farr...directs a tough, nimble-footed production: no big starry names, no pseudo-intellectual reinterpretation, but a strong, attractive young cast who tackle the play as if it were a brand-new text....Jaye Griffiths is the sexiest, most beautifully spoken Hippoylta/Titania in years." ~ John Peter, Sunday Times, 25 March 2003
"After Farr's 1950s American Shrew at Nottingham and his Japanese Coriolanus for the Royal Shakespeare Company, the late-Victorian setting for this Dream is in line with more traditional productions. But it works beautifully, the fairy world depicted as if it is an exquisite Victorian toy theatre peopled with Cobwebs and Mustard Seeds like rag dolls brought to life. This world is strongly erotic, with a rakish, dominant Oberon, a sexy Titania and a quartet of lovers who gradually lost not just themselves in the forest (as well as their inhibitions and clothes)....These ideas would mean nothing without good actors, and Farr's production - which needs more pace at times - is beautifully played." ~ Lyn Gardner, Guardian, 15 May 2003