Act 1 Scene 1
Egeus Full of vexation come I, with complaint against my child, my daughter Hermia.
The court of Athens. Theseus and Hippolyta, wearing robes, sit near the front of the stage while Egeus presents Hermia to the court, with Demetrius (left) and Lysander alongside. The fairies are present, standing around the balcony, but they are invisible to the court. In this production, the roles of Theseus and Hippolyta were doubled with Oberon and Titania.
Photo by Reg Wilson shows (left to right): Alan Howard as Theseus, Ben Kingsley as Demetrius, Mary Rutherford as Hermia (kneeling), Philip Locke as Egeus, Christopher Gable as Lysander and Sara Kestelman as Hippolyta
The Thos F. and Mig Holte Photographic Collection. Copyright Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.