Teaser for A Midsummer Night’s Dream
As part of the big commemoration of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, the BBC and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre streamed the final performance of the Globe’s highly-praised new production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream last Sunday. With a warning—or a promise— from the Globe to “expect naughtiness of a sexual nature,” the show was streamed live and worldwide, and it’s a real romp.
The whole thing is now online, and it’s going to stay there for the next six months. It’s free, with no password or login or anything like that. You can watch it here.
And of course, view it full screen. The sound and picture quality are first rate.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream always gives the costumers and set designers an invitation to go over the top, and this production is no exception. The show also takes certain liberties—actually, a lot of liberties—with the script, but the result, I think, is that this version probably captures the spirit and excitement of watching the original production four centuries ago.
Some pictures from the show, found on the Net