A Midsummer Night's Dream
By Judith Mackrell for The Guardian
The classics of the ballet repertoire have become easy prey for directors impatient to acquire a snappy image. All it usually takes to rebrand an old favourite is a twist of the plot or a new setting. One common device is to relocate the story to a ballet company, since at a stroke you get a cast who naturally spend their days in pointe shoes.
Northern Ballet Theatre's David Nixon has reinvented A Midsummer Night's Dream for a low-rent ballet troupe, operating in the late 1940s. Theseus, doubling as Oberon, is the imperious artistic director; his fiancee, Hippolyta/Titania, is the prima ballerina who, Theseus believes, is ready to retire. click for more
********************************* Dream theme is on the right track
Ismene Brown for The Daily Telegraph reviews A Midsummer Night's Dream at the West Yorkshire Playhouse.
A midsummer night's steam, anyone? Northern Ballet Theatre's idea to rework Shakespeare's amorous comedy A Midsummer Night's Dream on the theme of a Forties ballet company taking the sleeper train from London to Edinburgh is a happy one.
The aptness of the setting for lovers' squabbles, egos and hierarchy (ballerinas over here, stage mechanicals over there), and the striking rightness of having the touring train enter a tunnel at midnight to unleash the dream, all of this gives the concept by David Nixon and Patricia Doyle a flying start. click for more