A while ago I went into Cambridge with my family. That evening, we took our chairs and blankets to watch a theater production of Shakespeare’s: ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’.
It was a hilarious, very well presented play all about four young lovers, who find themselves in an enchanted forest, full of fairies and sprites. There is a fight between the fairy King and Queen, and the King sends his servant to put a spell on the Queen so she falls in love with the first thing she sees.
The mischievous servant, Puck, overhears a group of men rehearsing a play. He decides that it would be a good idea, to transform one of the actors into a donkey. The other men do not find it so amusing and flee from the forest. At that moment, the fairy Queen awakes and sees the Donkey-man. She falls instantly in love with him.
Two of the young people, Helena and Demetrius are fighting and this also catches the eye of the King. He orders Puck to enchant Demetrius so he falls in love with Helena. Unfortunately, Puck mistakes him for another man, Lysander. Both men are now after Helena and she and her friend, Lysander’s love, are very confused and end up furiously attacking one other.
Eventually, the fairy King realizes what happened and lifts all of the enchantments, putting them all asleep. On waking, they decide that everything must have been a dream and everything goes back to the way it should have been. The group of actors present their performance and it ends with a happily ever after.
The characters were all very well presented, especially Puck who was hilariously messing around, much to the delight of the child audience. He was presented as a monkey like character, dressed in a very steam punk outfit with a hat and goggles. He was played by a girl, but she made him appear as, androgynous as possible. Puck was definitely the favorite character of most as Shakespeare intended.
The King wore a similar outfit, only wearing his goggles on his head. He also acted much more mature, though still using many hand motions and body language to present himself as an evil, but magical creature.
The queen wore a white, lace dress and knee high boots, which was very stylish and they suited her character. She was very Queen-like and proud in the way she walked, talked and acted. When enchanted, you could almost feel sorry for her, because she was betrayed and she feels so badly at the end.
As for the four young people, they wore Tudor outfits, as suitable for the age and their positions.
All in all, it was a beautiful production that I really enjoyed!