A Midsummer Night's Dream

Intelligent Production

A review of A Midsummer Night's Dream
C G Hughes

Having seen more productions of the 'Dream' than any other Shakespeare play I approached this production with a want of enthusiasm. But I was captured from the opening 'prologue'. This was an insightful reading full of illuminating readings of the text and performed by a young cast both with enthusiasm and great flair. The wintry setting was an inspired conceit that not only offered substance to melodramatic gestures of 'dying for love' but made the fight scene more dramatically coherent as the figures 'seize up' from the cold!

The mechanicals, the comic core of the play, were enacted with considerable subtlety. The Pyramus and Thisbe episode was especially funny because it attended to the smallest gestures to colour the action and avoid the trap of melodrama. This was a delightful and revealing performance. More power to your elbow Matthew Lenton!