Peter Brook's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream (Stratford-upon-Avon) is awash with genius. It is a staggering, astonishing achievement which throws dazzling new light on the play yet never fractures the text for the sake of gimmickry.
Set (by Sally Jacobs) in a white box, and decorated with the appurtenances of a circus - such a trapezes and horizontal ladders; and clothed in brightly coloured satins and rich, brocaded velvets, Shakespeare's bucolic fairy tale enchants us afresh.
In a courageous, inspired break with tradition, Brook introduces several stunning innovations. Puck's magic flower is a whirling silver disc balanced on a juggler's stick; the midnight wood is represented by dangling steel coils. And, to enhance the dream-like unreality of it all, Oberon (Alan Howard) doubles as Theseus, Titania (Sara Kestelman) as Hippolyta, and Puck (John Kane) as Philostrate.
One of the great productions of our time.