(Henry Hitchings article appeared in the Evening Standard, 2/16.)
Lyrical Judi Dench is a dream fairy queen
When Peter Hall directed A Midsummer Night’s Dream 48 years ago, Judi Dench was a crystalline Titania. Now she is reprising her role as the queen of the fairies, with Hall again sprinkling the magic dust on Shakespeare’s most enchanting comedy.
The action is set in Athens, but steeped in the hues of Elizabethan England. Dench’s Titania corresponds to the mythic Virgin Queen — red-haired, imperious, and bespangled with symbolic jewels, vividly recalling her turn in Shakespeare In Love.