Photograph of Alan Howard and John Kane in Peter Brook's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream

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To the left of this image is Alan Howard as Oberon, to the right is John Kane as Puck performing in a Royal Shakespeare Company production of A Midsummer Night's Dream in 1970–71. It was directed by Peter Brook.

Full title:
Photograph of Alan Howard as Oberon and John Kane as Puck in Peter Brook's production of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'
Created:
1970–71
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Photograph / Image
Creator:
Donald Cooper [photographer]
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© Donald Cooper / Photostage
www.photostage.co.uk

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Photostage
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Photostage image ID: 00023914

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