William Shakespeare, "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (The New Cambridge Shakespeare, Updated Edition)
Edited by R. A. Foakes
Cambridge University Press | Updated Edition | 2003 | ISBN: 0521532477 | 168 pages | siPDF | 5 MB
Professor Foakes offers a new perspective on Shakespeare's most popular comedy, and also a profound archetypal play. The introduction describes the two main traditions in the stage history of A Midsummer Night's Dream
, one emphasising charm and innocence, the other stressing darker suggestions of violence and sexuality, and relates them to similar traditions in critical interpretation, showing that both are necessary to a full understanding of the play. Illustrations show the variety of ways in which the play has been staged, including Peter Brook's 1970 production. The editorial commentary is especially concerned to help the reader visualise the play in performance.