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Directed by Peter Brook and designed by Sally Jacobs, the RSC’s 1970 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream dazzled audiences with a ground-breaking new interpretation of Shakespeare’s comedy. This photograph shows the startlingly original ‘white box’ in which the actors performed. The set consisted of three white walls, two swing doors and a white floor. Brook’s aim was to remove the visual excess that had built up around the play and to place the relationship between actor and audience back at the very heart of the performance. The result, in the words of one critic, was ‘a box of theatrical miracles’.
This photograph depicts Sara Kestelman as Titania and David Waller as Bottom.