Throwing Out The Cobwebs

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

When Peter Brook's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream opened on Broadway, the New York theatre critic, Clive Barnes, described it as ' ... without any equivocation the greatest production of Shakespeare I have seen in my life.' In Brook's ' Dream 'there are no cobwebs and shimmering wings. Instead the lovers - pursue each other in a white walled gymnasium, Puck and Oberon juggle plates and swing on trapezes; virtually all the established conventions are challenged. This film shows extracts from The Dream, scenes from some of Brook's previous productions for the Royal Shakespeare Company and a long interview first shown on Review in which Brook talked to James Mossman about his work and aspirations in the theatre.


Licence: ERA Licence required

  • Type: Factual, Plays
  • Channel: BBC Two
  • Duration: 49'03''
  • Broadcast date: 1971

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

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