Friday, 24 October 2014

A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare

Midsummer’s Night Dream is a quite fascinating play. A story of four young lovers going through series of ridiculous misunderstandings with a bit of magical interferences is that kind of story I would like to watch with friends any Friday night. But of course it wouldn’t be Shakespeare to write that simple play.

In this play Shakespeare showed the relationship between theatre and audience. Noble audience, in particular. When some nobles wanted to watch a private play at their houses for them and their guests they had a right even to be present on stage and make comments out loud (which was in some frustrating for actors, I assume). In theatre during regular show anyone from audience could buy more expensive ticket and be present on the stage as well.

And what about that simple workers who tried to act as actors? It’s Shakespeare’s hint to who actors were considered to be – lower class, simple men, who entertain more important observers. Actually there are lots of hints in this play which show the place of theatre in the society of Shakespearian time.

Generally I liked it, I recommend it. 

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