John Caird Production 1989

A Midsummer Night's Dream (1989) Puck (Richard McCabe) with his master, Oberon (John Carlisle). Photo: Joe Cocks Studio Collection © Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

This production directed by John Caird was a punky Dream. It mocked any idea of sentimental prettiness by dressing the fairies in tattered tutus, patched-up wings and Doc Marten boots. Their playground was a junkyard, filled with bicycle frames, an old piano and an iron bedstead which served Titania as her bower.

Ilona Sekacz provided a joyous, energising score created by subjecting Mendelssohn's music to the same inventive, parodic treatment applied to the fairies.

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Photo shows Puck (Richard McCabe) and Oberon (John Carlisle) in the RSC's 1989 production.
Photo: Joe Cocks Studio Collection © Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

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