2017-08-08 02:02:36 UTC
Aging Fairies Take the Stage in Shakespeare in the Park's A Midsummer Night's Dream
For all of the attempts to modernize Shakespeare – hail Trump as Caesar –
some aspects of the Bard’s productions appear set in stone. Such is the case
with the mischievous fairies of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.At the age of
15, Mickey Rooney played Puck in a lavish Hollywood production, and a
teenage Laurence Olivier dazzled the audience with his portrayal of
Shakespeare’s “shrewd and knavish sprite” in a student production at Oxford.
In Shakespeare's day, Puck and his fellow fairies were likely played by
young boys and today the average age of actors playing Puck is 23, according
to Mandy.com, a web site for the performing industry.