A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1970) | Part 1

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

The first part of a radio version of Shakespeare’s play A Midsummer Night's Dream, arranged and produced in stereo by Raymond Raikes. It is nearly midsummer-night in 1970, and this may be one of the last chances to hear Shakespeare's fairy-comedy before it is reinterpreted by Kott and Brook. The music by the late Anthony Bernard was written for productions of the play at Stratford-upon Avon in the 1930s and re-orchestrated by the composer in 1943 for the Theatre Royal, Santiago, who had asked the British Council to recommend an English score to replace the over-familiar Mendelssohn music. A fragment of an Elizabethan melody 'Heartsease' is used with variations in the music for Oberon and Titania, and the music for the clowns is an old English folk tune.

Access

Licence: ERA Licence required

Content
  • Type: Plays
  • Channel: BBC Radio 3
  • Duration: 01'08'00''
  • Broadcast date: 1970
Usage

UK only
Staff and students of licensed education establishments only
Cannot be adapted

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