Titania/Hippolyta played by Michelle Terry
A Midsummer Night's Dream (2013)
Written by: William Shakespeare
Michelle Terry played Titania and Hippolyta in the 2013 production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Michelle won the 2011 Olivier Award for her portrayal of Sylvia in Tribes (Royal Court). Michelle returns to the Globe having previously played the Princess of France in Love’s Labours Lost (2007).
“I guess disturbing or disrupting preconceived notions [of the play] is the enjoyment I'm getting from it.”
In her final interview, Michelle talks about the different types of audiences and how seeing them is a joy, and watching Pearce Quigley waiting to go on stage.
“It’s an incredibly rich, dense tapestry of images and ideas and mythical references.”
It’s tech week, and Michelle talks about taking the opportunity to speak to the whole audience, overcoming tricky moments in the play, and the joy of seeing what she is a part of.
“Who are we in this world, in this company? What is the story that we are all collectively trying to tell?”
As rehearsals are about to advance into tech week, Michelle discusses piecing the parts of the play together, similarities with Queen Elizabeth and exploring around the relationships of her characters.
“This Nightingale singing, trying to recapture his voice, that’s who they asked to sing in the lullaby in this song. And behind every word there’s this dense mythic stuff.”
Michelle in her second interview talks about how rich the play is, working on ‘expressive movement’, and the relationships between her characters.
“Even going back to plays you always discover something new - With A Midsummer Night’s Dream you think you know it, and then suddenly what the word love meant to me 15 years ago means something completely different now”. In her first interview Michelle discusses her initial thoughts on the play, and how she finds performing Shakespeare life affirming.