Female Roles In A Midsummer Night's Dream

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Register to read the introduction… With the introduction of women the audience would have found it mush easier to associate with the cast.

„h Thomas Haywood suggested that were you to see a soldier on stage ¡§he should be shaped like a soldier, walk, talk and behave like a soldier¡¨. This was the acting style.

„h It is believed that A Midsummer Night's was first performed between 1595 and 1596. In the Elizabethan era there was a huge demand for new entertainment and A Midsummer Night's Dream would have been produced immediately following the completion of the play. There is a myth that A Midsummer Night's Dream was first performed for a private audience after an actual wedding had taken place. The structure of the play would have been cleverly suited to such an occasion, ending with a triple wedding at Theseus¡¦ court when he and Hippolyta, Helena and Demetrius, Hermia and Lysander are all married

„h It is believed that the script was first printed in 1600. As William Shakespeare clearly did not want his work published, details of the play would have therefore been noted, and often pirated without his consent, following a
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The production was intended to celebrate the fifteen years of marriage of William and Mary as well as Mary¡¦s recent involvement in the government. Just as the compliments paid to female monarchs seemed to flatter Elizabeth I, these same compliments made the play a good choice for honoring Mary. In contrast to the operas of the Italians, English operas were structured in a way that did not completely eliminate the spoken word. In The Fairy Queen, spoken text comprised 40% of the performance time. It served as the structural framework of the play with each of the five acts ending in spectacular ballet performances for which Purcell wrote music. The text that did appear in The Fairy Queen was only half of Shakespeare¡¦s original text. It was "Englishized" by cutting any mention of Athens or Greece and altered to fit the language of the Restoration, when some of the syntax and diction already seemed archaic. The Fairy Queen was popular enough to be briefly revived in 1693, but soon after the music was lost and the Purcell opera disappeared from view for some time. Since its rediscovery in 1900, The Fairy Queen has enjoyed a few concert performances, but has rarely been fully

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