Act 1 Scene 1
Hermia I would my father look'd but with my eyes.
Theseus Rather your eyes must with his judgment look.
Egeus (left) brings his daughter Hermia to Theseus, Duke of Athens. He is angry that she won't marry Demetrius, who he has chosen for her; instead she prefers Lysander.
In this production, the court set was constructed from draped white fabric. The Athenian men dressed in dinner suits while the women wore formal white dresses. In this photograph, Lysander (on the right) has a collection of things at his feet - these are various items he's given Hermia which Egeus lists: 'bracelets of thy hair, rings, gawds, conceits, / Knacks, trifles, nosegays, sweetmeats...'
Left to right: Russell Enoch as Egeus, Sarah Crowden as Helena, John Carlisle as Theseus, Paul Lacoux as Demetrius, Amanda Bellamy as Hermia, Stephen Simms as Lysander.
Photo: Joe Cocks Studio Collection © Shakespeare Birthplace Trust