It was at Stratford that Smith and Beford were to forge a partnership that flowered in The Guardsman, Much Ado About Nothing and Private Lives. And over five seasons Smith spread her wings in many of the great classical roles: Cleopatra, Lady Macbeth, Rosalind, Marsha, Milliament, Elizabeth Gray, Beatrice, Madame Arkadina, Judith Bliss and in 1977 the duel role of Hippolyta/Titania in a gorgeous A Midsummer Night's Dream set as an Elizabethan court masque*.
|Susan Benson's costume sketch for Hippolyta in A Midsummer Night's Dream in 1977.|
|Maggie Smith as Hippolyta - every inch the image of Gloriana. And a rollover will reveal her alter-ego Fairy Queen Titania. Perhaps the real Gloriana wished she could have been so free-spirited.|
One of those displayed was Hippolyta's first costume from that 1977 production. To get a closer look either left click on the hot spots at various points on the costume or left click on one of the titles below the picture.
A dress fit for a queen! Fair Hippolyta indeed.
* The first production of A Midsummer Night's Dream I saw at Stratford in 1960 also had Elizabethan costuming though the fairies were dressed à la Turque.
August 28 - 1879: Cetshwayo, last king of the Zulus, is captured by the British.