Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 327. Wednesday, 26 May 1993.
Date: Wednesday, 26 May 1993 09:31:19 -0500 (EST)
Subject: MSND Performance History
The compilers of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM: AN ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY have
provided a compact and fairly comprehensive resource for anyone who is still
waiting for the MLA New Variorum edition of DREAM to come to completion.
Garland published this bibliography in 1986. Samuel Leiter's SHAKESPEARE
AROUND THE GLOBE: A GUIDE TO NOTABLE POSTWAR REVIVALS, published by Greenwood
Press in 1986, is also quite useful. Michael Jamieson's essay and
bibliography, "Shakespeare in Performance" (chapter 3 in SHAKESPEARE: A
BIBLIOGRAPHICAL GUIDE, edited by Stanley Wells for OUP in 1990) contains
references as recent as 1988, including Charles Shattuck's second volume of
SHAKESPEARE ON THE AMERICAN STAGE. FROM BOOTH & BARRETT TO SOTHERN AND
MARLOWE, 1987). The collection of RSC promptbooks as well
as THEATRE RECORDS at the Shakespeare Centre Library, Stratford-upon-Avon,
offer details on productions that extend well beyond the more compressed
notices published in scholarly publications like SHAKESPEARE SURVEY. Other
promptbooks (see Shattuck's THE SHAKESPEARE PROMPTBOOKS: A DESCRIPTIVE
CATALOGUE, 1965, for starters) and compilations of reviews under various
titles would provide further details.
By the way, I am particularly fond of John Caird's 1989 RSC production (with
John Carlisle as Oberon and Richard McCabe as Puck). I would certainly
recommend research on the reception of this particular production, which created
nearly as much stir as Peter Brook's 1970 RSC production.