Gregory Doran's production was presided over by an enormous full moon which travelled across the stage during the show, exerting its influence over mortal and immortal alike.
The modern-dress production began with a sword-fight between two warriors who revealed themselves to be a sparring Theseus and Hippolyta.
Sinister fairies attended on Oberon and Titania while the Changeling Boy, the cause of their quarrel, was represented by a life-sized Bunraku puppet.
Stephen Brimson-Lewis's forest set featured a giant U-shaped junk-heap and Bottom was wheeled around in a discarded supermarket trolley.
The production was originally staged in the RST in 2005, and revived in 2008 for the Courtyard Theatre's thrust stage.
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Escape to the enchanted forest
Charles Spencer, The Daily Telegraph, 15 April 2005
Charles Spencer also reviewed the revival of this production in 2008:
Dark delights in the magical forest
The Daily Telegraph, 20 May 2008
Review: A Midsummer Night's Dream
Paul Taylor, The Independent, 25 April 2005
Review: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Novello Theatre, London
Pete Wood, WhatsOnStage, 8 February 2006
Photo shows Oberon (Joe Dixon), Titania (Amanda Harris) and Bottom (Malcolm Storry) (RSC production 2005) © RSC