A Midsummer Night’s Dream is one of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies. The story deals with the circumstances surrounding the marriage between Theseus, Duke of Athens and Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons. But this is no boring love story. Though love does feature big-time in this play, this is no ‘path run smoothly along the road to love’ kind of Shakespeare play.
With two sets of Athenian lovers, a group of amateur actors who get caught up in the action and fairies causing some very strange cases of mistaken identities, this is an intoxicating listening experience as the play works its magic just as the fairies work theirs on the characters.
This is an unabridged, full-cast production from the award-winning Arkangel available as an MP3 audiobook download. Arkangel have a reputation for producing fresh, exciting versions of Shakespeare’s plays and this version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream is radio drama at its best, with a very strong ensemble cast to carry the playful mayhem along.
David Harewood plays the part of Oberon in this production. David has had a distinguished career in theatre and on film, appearing in Blood Diamond and appearing as Nelson Mandela in Mrs. Mandela for the BBC. Roy Hudd portrays Bottom with vulnerability, humour and tenderness.