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Midsummer Night's Dream 1976Scottish Opera

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Scottish Opera's first subscription season at the newly restored Theatre Royal (1975-76) contained ten operas in total, played in sequence. The gala Fledermaus was followed by short runs of Otello, Hermiston, Ariadne on Naxos, Così fan tutte, The Golden Cockerel, Die Fledermaus, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Don Giovanni, Madama Butterfly and Falstaff. The Otello had been seen regularly since 1963, the Falstaff only once before, in 1966. Fledermaus had been launched during the summer while Hermiston had been premiered at the recent Edinburgh Festival - both were previously unseen in Glasgow. The only productions that were brand new were Ariadne and Rimsky-Korsakov's Golden Cockerel, unseen in Scotland for half a century, and only occasionally since then at Covent Garden.

A well-routined revival of Toby Robertson's much-travelled 1972 Dream production slotted in to the subscription season with minimal effort. The cast could also be brought together easily if required for the odd performance on tour.

Scottish Opera supplied the operatic element of the 1976 York Festival. The delightfully intimate vintage Georgian auditorium of that Theatre Royal was also the perfect venue for the existing productions of the Dream and Ariadne on Naxos, as well as the world premiere of Thomas Wilson's intriguing, though very Scottish, Confessions of a Justified Sinner.

Performance Cast

Puck Oberon's servant

Julian Littman

Tytania Queen of the Fairies

Glenys Fowles (Jan; May 6; Jun 16)

Nan Christie (Apr 1, 10)

Oberon King of the Fairies

John Angelo Messana

Lysander in love with Hermia

David Hillman

Hermia in love with Lysander

Patricia Kern

Demetrius in love with Hermia

Gordon Sandison

Helena in love with Demetrius

Catherine Wilson

Peter Quince a carpenter

David Kelly

Snug a joiner

Norman White

Robin Starveling a tailor

John Lawson Graham

Francis Flute a bellows-mender

Francis Egerton

Tom Snout a tinker

John Robertson

Nick Bottom a weaver

William McCue

Theseus Duke of Athens

Ronald Morrison (Jan; Apr 10)

Ian Comboy (Apr 1; May 6; Jun 16)

Hippolyta Queen of the Amazons

Claire Livingstone

Peaseblossom a fairy

Billy Irvine

Cobweb a fairy

Edward Farish

Mustardseed a fairy

Robert Degnan

Moth a fairy

Jim Dickson


Riaz Beg

Performance DatesMidsummer Night's Dream 1976

Map List

Theatre Royal, Glasgow | Glasgow

7 Jan, 19.15 10 Jan, 19.15 13 Jan, 19.15 15 Jan, 19.15 17 Jan, 14.15

Royal Court Theatre | Liverpool

1 Apr, 19.15

Empire Theatre, Sunderland | Sunderland

10 Apr, 19.15

King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

6 May, 19.30

Theatre Royal, York | York

16 Jun, 19.30

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