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Peter Brook's A Midsummer Night's Dream 1970

The Forest

Coiled wires, suspended from poles from the gallery, caught the lovers like brambles, tree branches, or the heart-eating serpent of Hermia’s dream, circling and entangling the lovers as they raced through the forest. They produced ‘metallic music’ as they twisted and settled’, reported Peter Thomson in Shakespeare Survey.

The mechanicals in the forest. Fairies holding “forest” wires. 
(1973) Titania raised on her bower surrounded by fairies on trapezes. Also shows doors open, upper gallery and “forest” wires.
(1994) Puck and Oberon. The forest is represented by light bulbs. Note the similarity in costuming to Brook’s production, especially colours. Photographer: Malcolm Davies

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Stage Devises The Mechanicals
The Fairies  Bottom's Transformation
The Lovers Pyramus and Thisbe
The Forest The Blessing of the House

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