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A Midsummer Night's Dream
by William Shakespeare

Lesley Joseph in A Midsummer Night's Dream

Cast & Crew

Theseus David Sturman
Egeus
Ken Gray
Lysander
Bryan Hall
Demetrius
David Evans
Quince
Neville Manning
Snug
Ken York
Bottom
Maurice Dunmore
Flute
Philip Lane
Snout
Horace Smith
Starveling
John Hendy
Hippolyta
Doreen Chapman
Hermia
Lesley Joseph
Helena
Jane Green
Oberon
Evan Roberts or Vincent Crowley
Titania
Jacque Thompson
Puck
Barry Hillman
A Fairy
Vivienne Sharpe
Tree Fairies
Sandra Presland, Sarah Harries, Vicki Marriott
A dog
Tubby

Producer Paulina Brandt
Stage Managers
Sheila Southern, David Eddolis
Assistant Stage Managers
Barbara Cater, Gloria Jaffa, Anne Richards
Set Designers
Dorothy Cummings, Paolo Serra
Lighting and Sound
Tony Matthews, Ian Rolfe
Costumes
Alison Dunmore
Glove Puppets
Audrey Evans
Carpenter
Stephen Barber
Music selected by
Derek Stirland
Music played by
The Northampton Recorder Consort
Singer
Olive Howard
Business Manager
Horace Smith

 


Lesley Joseph as Hermia and Bryan Hall as Lysander.

Production No. 118

More images from A Midsummer Night's Dream

 

LESLEY JOSEPH AT MASQUE
Extract from a BBC interview, April 2008


Birds of a Feather - which ran for nine years - propelled Lesley Joseph into the national consciousness.

"You're catapulted up a ladder into being invited to places you would never normally be invited to," she says. "I was GMTV glamour correspondent for three years; I travelled the world for Wish You Were Here; I did quiz shows; I did game shows; I did radio plays; I opened supermarkets..."

Lesley's enthusiasm for acting began during her childhood in Northampton. Although born in London's Finsbury Park in 1946, she lived in Kingsthorpe, Northampton, from the age of two and a half until she was 18.

The former pupil of the Northampton School for Girls frequently returns to the town to visit her mother. She's also patron of the Royal and Derngate and recipient of an honorary degree from Northampton University.

Lesley is also president of the Northampton amateur dramatic group Masque Theatre. During her school days, Lesley acted in two plays with Masque: The First Born by Christopher Fry and an open-air production of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream performed in Abington Park.

She still attends some Masque social events and play readings and she speaks affectionately about members she used to perform with: Bryan Hall, Barry Hillman ("he's a great character") and Alison Dunmore ("the most gorgeous, gracious lady").

"Nothing influenced me [to become an actress]" says Lesley. "Since the age of four, that was what I was going to do.

"From the age of six or seven, I went to elocution classes; I did all the LAMDA [London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art] exams; I did all the school plays."

Am-dram was something she just did. "I wanted to act... if I'd have been in London I'd probably have gone to stage school."

After 'O' Levels and 'A' Levels she left the town to go to drama school.    

"I had a good career [as an actress], thank you very much, and then Dorian came along."

BBC interview with Lesley Joseph

25 June - 4 July 1964
In the open air in the Courtyard, Abington Park Museum, Northampton

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