A Midsummer Night's Dream

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Sourcebooks, Inc., 2006 - Drama - 268 pages
11 Reviews
More than 60 minutes of audio on the CD including key scenes and excerpts from great performances past and present

Bringing Shakespeare to life, from stage to page

In the book:
Photographs from notable productions including:
-the 1935 Dieterle/Reinhardt film with James Cagney as Bottom and Mickey Rooney as Puck
-Peter Brook's seminal 1970 production at the Royal Shakespeare Company
-contemporary American productions with James Earl Jones as Oberon, F. Murray Abraham as Bottom and Richard Gere as Demetrius

Hear 30 great scenes on audio CD:
-Sir John Gielgud from the 1930s
-Michael Maloney as Oberon and Roy Hudd as Bottom
-Andrew Wade on Speaking Shakespeare

Narrated by Derek Jacobi

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User Review  - Janus Vielle Aragones - Goodreads

I got a copy of A Midsummer Night's Dream because it had been quoted, retold or mentioned in several YA books I've read, so I got curious. While I was reading through it, I was quizzical about the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Zoe Burger - Goodreads

puck (robin goodfellow) is officially my new husband. and the princes of the winter court <333 Read full review

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A Midsummer Nights Dream through the Years
As Performed By The Royal Shakespeare Company at StratforduponAvon in 1970
That You Have but Slumbered Here A Midsummer Nights Dream in Popular Culture
Dramatis Personae
A Midsummer Nights Dream Act 1
A Midsummer Nights Dream Act 2
A Midsummer Nights Dream Act 3
A Midsummer Nights Dream Act 4
The Cast Speaks
A Voice Coachs Perspective on Speaking Shakespeare
In the Age of Shakespeare
About the Online Teaching Resources
Audio Credits
Photo Credits
About the Contributors

A Midsummer Nights Dream Act 5
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William Shakespeare, 1564 - 1616 Although there are many myths and mysteries surrounding William Shakespeare, a great deal is actually known about his life. He was born in Stratford-Upon-Avon, son of John Shakespeare, a prosperous merchant and local politician and Mary Arden, who had the wealth to send their oldest son to Stratford Grammar School. At 18, Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway, the 27-year-old daughter of a local farmer, and they had their first daughter six months later. He probably developed an interest in theatre by watching plays performed by traveling players in Stratford while still in his youth. Some time before 1592, he left his family to take up residence in London, where he began acting and writing plays and poetry. By 1594 Shakespeare had become a member and part owner of an acting company called The Lord Chamberlain's Men, where he soon became the company's principal playwright. His plays enjoyed great popularity and high critical acclaim in the newly built Globe Theatre. It was through his popularity that the troupe gained the attention of the new king, James I, who appointed them the King's Players in 1603. Before retiring to Stratford in 1613, after the Globe burned down, he wrote more than three dozen plays (that we are sure of) and more than 150 sonnets. He was celebrated by Ben Jonson, one of the leading playwrights of the day, as a writer who would be "not for an age, but for all time," a prediction that has proved to be true. Today, Shakespeare towers over all other English writers and has few rivals in any language. His genius and creativity continue to astound scholars, and his plays continue to delight audiences. Many have served as the basis for operas, ballets, musical compositions, and films. While Jonson and other writers labored over their plays, Shakespeare seems to have had the ability to turn out work of exceptionally high caliber at an amazing speed. At the height of his career, he wrote an average of two plays a year as well as dozens of poems, songs, and possibly even verses for tombstones and heraldic shields, all while he continued to act in the plays performed by the Lord Chamberlain's Men. This staggering output is even more impressive when one considers its variety. Except for the English history plays, he never wrote the same kind of play twice. He seems to have had a good deal of fun in trying his hand at every kind of play. Shakespeare wrote 154 sonnets, all published on 1609, most of which were dedicated to his patron Henry Wriothsley, The Earl of Southhampton. He also wrote 13 comedies, 13 histories, 6 tragedies, and 4 tragecomedies. He died at Stratford-upon-Avon April 23, 1616, and was buried two days later on the grounds of Holy Trinity Church in Stratford. His cause of death was unknown, but it is surmised that he knew he was dying.

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