A Midsummer Night’s Dream

A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare

Wednesday 28th to Saturday 31st July 2004

Roundstone School Gardens

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” deals with the universal theme of love and its complications: lust, disappointment, confusion, marriage. The plot focuses on three parallel stories: the trials and experiences of two sets of lovers camping in a magical forest, the world of the Fairy King and Queen and their elves, and a group of rough craftsmen attempting to stage a production of “Pyramus and Thisby” for the wedding of the Duke of Athens.

Hermia is in love with Lysander, but her father wants her to marry Demetrius. To escape the arranged marriage, she and Lysander elope into the woods. Demetrius follows them, and he is pursued by Helena, who nurses an unrequited passion for him. A love quadrangle develops among the young lovers when mischievous Puck plays Cupid. “The course of true love never did run smooth” says Lysander. Meanwhile, a group of amateur actors rehearses a badly-written play in the woods, and soon all find their lives changed by the doings of Oberon and Titania, the warring king and queen of the fairies. Magic, action, love and humor are the ingredients for this unforgettable spell.

Directed
by
Sylvia Seaman

Cast

Theseus, Duke of Athens

Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons

Philostrate, Master of the Revels

Lysander, in love with Hermia

Demetrius, in love with Helena

Egeus, Father to Hermia

Hermia, Daughter to Egeus

Helena, in love with Demetrius

Peter Quince, a Carpenter (Prologue)

Nick Bottom, a Weaver (Pyramus)

Francis Flute, a Bellows-mender (Thisbe)

Tom Snout, a Tinker (Wall)

Robin Starveling, a Tailor (Moonshine)

Snug, a Joiner (Lion)

Oberon, King of the Fairies

Titania, Queen of the Fairies

Puck or Robin Goodfellow

A Fairy

Pease-Blossom, a fairy

Cobweb, a fairy

Moth, a fairy

Mustard-Seed, a fairy

A Fairy

A Fairy

Mark Rhodes


Stella Greaves


Angela Giddings


Phil Cooper


Kevin Smith


Joel Monger


Emma Holmes


Jo Seaman


Francis Holmes


Maxson Bailey


Tim Knott



Virginia Havergal


Helen Cosslett


Miriam Havergal

Clive Greaves


Becky Curtis


Nick Havergal


Naomi Havergal

Rebecca Wyatt


Georgia Dunne

Imogen Dunne

Emma Cosslett

Michael Comba

Jamie Arberry