History Theatre / AMidsummerNightsDream

19th Dec '16 4:44:52 PM lakingsif
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* CastFullOfGay: In the Creator/RussellTDavies version, as is expected. Flute and one of the Athens guardsmen hit it off, Titania is romantic with Oberon and Hippolyta, Demetrius sees Lysander under the love spell but also comments on Flute's attractiveness whilst the latter is playing Thisbe. As Hippolyta shows exactly zero affection for Theseus, we could conclude that gives two gay, two bisexual, and one lesbian in the characters.
3rd Nov '16 11:15:23 PM jake38
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Also worth mentioning is ''Film/WereTheWorldMine'', a LGBT-themed musical film heavily inspired by the play.
20th Oct '16 3:20:37 PM AnotherGuy
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* AllJustADream: At the end of the play, the couples and Nick Bottom decide, with the help of TheFairFolk, that the night's events were just a dream, and in the epilogue spoken by Puck, he [[BreakingTheFourthWall advises the audiences]] that if they were offended by the play, they should consider the play "[[MST3KMantra no more yielding, but a dream]]."

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* AllJustADream: At the end of the play, the couples and Nick Bottom decide, with the help of TheFairFolk, that the night's events were just a dream, and in the epilogue spoken by Puck, he [[BreakingTheFourthWall advises the audiences]] that if they were audiences]]: "If we shadows have offended by the play, they should consider the play "[[MST3KMantra / Think but this, and all is mended / That you have but slumbered here / While these visions did appear. / And this weak and idle theme, / [[MST3KMantra no more yielding, but a dream]]."


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* NoFourthWall: The audience was expected to interact with the players. There's a reason Robin tells the audience directly not to take it seriously.
12th Sep '16 9:44:35 AM RubyVisiblyShaken
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A comedy in ancient Athens about a LoveDodecahedron gone out of control thanks to the meddling of fairies with a LovePotion. By Creator/WilliamShakespeare.

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A comedy set in ancient Athens about a LoveDodecahedron gone out of control thanks to the meddling of fairies with a LovePotion. By Creator/WilliamShakespeare.
19th Jun '16 4:00:43 PM jamespolk
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* LohengrinAndMendelssohn: As noted above, the "Mendelssohn" part, namely the now-traditional wedding recessional music, was originally written by Creator/FelixMendelssohn as part of his incidental music for an 1842 stage production of this play.
7th Jun '16 7:01:54 PM MercutioDreams
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** Also, Theseus decrees that if Hermia doesn't marry Demetrius, she'll either be executed or have to become a nun. Not exactly a lot of nunneries in mythological Greece. (Although Shakespeare might have meant that she'd have to become a priestess of Diana, who were required to be chaste.)

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** Also, Theseus decrees that if Hermia doesn't marry Demetrius, she'll either be executed or have to become a nun. Not exactly a lot of nunneries in mythological Greece. (Although Shakespeare might have meant that she'd have to become a priestess of Diana, Artemis, who were required to be chaste.)
1st Jun '16 5:33:51 PM Dark
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This is the play that that kid killed himself over in ''Film/DeadPoetsSociety''. Like most of Shakespeare's famous plays, it's been adapted to film several times, including a 1935 verson in which Creator/JamesCagney played Bottom, Creator/OliviaDeHavilland made her film debut as Hermia, Otis Harlan of ''Disney/SnowWhiteandtheSevenDwarfs'' fame played one of the actors (Starveling), and a fourteen-year-old Creator/MickeyRooney played Puck. A British production from 1968 is notable mostly for dressing the fairies in its cast in [[{{Stripperiffic}} vines and green body paint]]. A 1999 Hollywood production set in 19th Century Italy featured a star-studded cast (including Calista Flockhart, Creator/MichellePfeiffer, Creator/ChristianBale and several others) and high production values, but met with mixed reviews at best. The fairies feature largely in Creator/PoulAnderson's ''Literature/AMidsummerTempest''.

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This is the play that that kid killed himself over in ''Film/DeadPoetsSociety''. Like most of Shakespeare's famous plays, it's been adapted to film several times, including a 1935 verson in which Creator/JamesCagney played Bottom, Creator/OliviaDeHavilland made her film debut as Hermia, Otis Harlan of ''Disney/SnowWhiteandtheSevenDwarfs'' fame played one of the actors (Starveling), and a fourteen-year-old Creator/MickeyRooney played Puck. A British production from 1968 is notable mostly for dressing the fairies in its cast in [[{{Stripperiffic}} vines and green body paint]]. A 1999 Hollywood production set in 19th Century Italy featured a star-studded cast (including Calista Flockhart, Creator/MichellePfeiffer, Creator/ChristianBale and several others) and high production values, but met with mixed reviews at best. best.

BBC One did a TV movie production for the 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare's death, adapted and directed by Creator/RussellTDavies. This version was set in modern times and had several adaptational changes, such as turning Theseus into a villainous fascist conqueror, having Demetrius see Lysander following his love flower exposure, and giving Titania and Hippolyta their own love subplot.

The fairies feature largely in Creator/PoulAnderson's ''Literature/AMidsummerTempest''.
7th Mar '16 8:20:43 AM youfeelingluckypunk27
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**** IronicName: In the 1935 film, he is played by the chubby, jovial-looking [[Disney/SnowWhiteandtheSevenDwarfs Otis Harlan]].
7th Mar '16 7:48:14 AM youfeelingluckypunk27
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This is the play that that kid killed himself over in ''Film/DeadPoetsSociety''. Like most of Shakespeare's famous plays, it's been adapted to film several times, including a 1935 verson in which Creator/JamesCagney played Bottom, Creator/OliviaDeHavilland made her film debut as Hermia, and a fourteen-year-old Creator/MickeyRooney played Puck. A British production from 1968 is notable mostly for dressing the fairies in its cast in [[{{Stripperiffic}} vines and green body paint]]. A 1999 Hollywood production set in 19th Century Italy featured a star-studded cast (including Calista Flockhart, Creator/MichellePfeiffer, Creator/ChristianBale and several others) and high production values, but met with mixed reviews at best. The fairies feature largely in Creator/PoulAnderson's ''Literature/AMidsummerTempest''.

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This is the play that that kid killed himself over in ''Film/DeadPoetsSociety''. Like most of Shakespeare's famous plays, it's been adapted to film several times, including a 1935 verson in which Creator/JamesCagney played Bottom, Creator/OliviaDeHavilland made her film debut as Hermia, Otis Harlan of ''Disney/SnowWhiteandtheSevenDwarfs'' fame played one of the actors (Starveling), and a fourteen-year-old Creator/MickeyRooney played Puck. A British production from 1968 is notable mostly for dressing the fairies in its cast in [[{{Stripperiffic}} vines and green body paint]]. A 1999 Hollywood production set in 19th Century Italy featured a star-studded cast (including Calista Flockhart, Creator/MichellePfeiffer, Creator/ChristianBale and several others) and high production values, but met with mixed reviews at best. The fairies feature largely in Creator/PoulAnderson's ''Literature/AMidsummerTempest''.
6th Jan '16 9:16:46 PM spirasen
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** Oberon is this in many productions. In the 1930s version, it looks less like antlers and more like he's suffering from a strange brachiating disease.

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** Oberon is this in many productions. In the 1930s 1930's version, it looks less like antlers antlers, and more like he's suffering from a strange brachiating disease.



* IHaveNoSon: In the 1999 movie version, Egeus quietly excuses himself from his daughter's wedding, flashing Hermia a DeathGlare. With no added dialogue, he made it clear that he would never forgive Hermia for going against his wishes and marrying Lysander.
* ILoveYouBecauseICantControlYou: A common way to play Oberon's relationship with Titania. In the scene where he dis-enchants her, he's just won her changeling boy without a fight, and he's humiliated her as much as could be wished. But while that would have been a fine laugh in Elizabethan days, to modern audiences it comes off as smug and mean. So actors might play Oberon as despondent, realizing that a Titania who'll obey his every command isn't the proud and fiery Queen he fell in love with.
* NotNowWereTooBusyCryingOverYou: Depending on the director, the play has this when Bottom returns to the Mechanicals after his adventure with the fairies.
* SignificantDoubleCasting: Several productions have the same actors play Oberon/Theseus and Titania/Hippolyta. Partly because there's something of a parallel between their two marriages and the significance will no doubt be clear to the audience, partly because a) this way you don't have two actors off-stage for most of the play and b) the four characters never appear on stage at the same time, so you can get away with it.

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* IHaveNoSon: In the 1999 movie version, Egeus quietly excuses himself from his daughter's wedding, flashing Hermia a DeathGlare. With no added dialogue, he made it clear clear, that he would never forgive Hermia Hermia, for going against his wishes wishes, and marrying Lysander.
* ILoveYouBecauseICantControlYou: A common way to play Oberon's relationship with Titania. In the scene where he dis-enchants disenchants her, he's just won her changeling boy without a fight, and he's humiliated her as much as could be wished. But while that would have been a fine laugh in Elizabethan days, to modern audiences it comes off as smug and mean. So actors might play Oberon as despondent, realizing that a Titania Titania, who'll obey his every command isn't the proud proud, and fiery Queen he fell in love with.
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* NotNowWereTooBusyCryingOverYou: Depending on the director, the play has this when Bottom returns to the Mechanicals Mechanicals, after his adventure with the fairies.
* SignificantDoubleCasting: Several productions have the same actors play Oberon/Theseus Oberon / Theseus and Titania/Hippolyta. Titania / Hippolyta. Partly because there's something of a parallel between their two marriages marriages, and the significance will no doubt be clear to the audience, partly because a) this way you don't have two actors off-stage for most of the play play, and b) the four characters never appear on stage at the same time, so you can get away with it. it.
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