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Description - A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare

A Midsummer Night's Dream is one of Shakespeare's most original and eloquent plays, brilliantly interweaving four contrasting groups of characters to present a many-sided view of love in all its aspects: its joys and sadness, its idealism and selfishness, its physical and spiritual elements. This performing edition was prepared for Propellor, an all-male company of twelve actors, at the Watermill Theatre, Newbury, in 2003. Propellor's markedly contemporary approach to Shakespeare enabled them to enjoy a great success in 2001-2 with their version of the Henry VI plays, which won the TMA/Barclays Theatre Award for the best touring production of 2001.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781840023633
ISBN-10: 1840023635
Format: Paperback
(210mm x 130mm x 6mm)
Pages: 87
Imprint: Oberon Books Ltd
Publisher: Oberon Books Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Aug-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Book Reviews - A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare

US Kirkus Review » Of late many classic titles - including the Bible - have been turned into manga, in a 21st-century version of the venerable Classics Illustrated comics. This take on the Bard boils his play down to approximately 20 words per page, drastically abridging the text, though keeping intact the original language and meter. A fully colored dramatis personae reduces the characters to sound bites and shines in comparison to the flat, gray-toned images that murkily tell the story itself. As drawn by Brown, the characters are decidedly more Western-looking in their styling than is typical to most manga, and the adaptor's choice of setting is an anachronistic mishmash of quasi-antique and modern, a choice that will leave sophisticated readers knowledgeable with the text slightly puzzled. The Tempest (ISBN: 978-0-8109-9476-8), drawn by Paul Duffield, follows an identical template. These attempts to convert Shakespeare into visual language fall flat, although the slick manga styling alone may attract some new readers to these works. (plot summary, author's biography) (Graphic fiction. 13 & up) (Kirkus Reviews)


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Author Biography - William Shakespeare

Edward Hall has directed numerous critically acclaimed productions, including Julius Caesar, Henry V and The Two Gentlemen of Verona for the RSC. His other collaborations with Roger Warren include Rose Rage, an adaptation of Shakepeare's Henry VI trilogy, also published by Oberon Books.

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