2015 A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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2015 A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Reviews from Garsington Opera, Wormsley Estate, Buckinghamshire,
16-19 July 2015
“[…] Oliver Johnstone provides touches of magic as Puck […]”

“[…] Puck (Oliver Johnstone), also complete in evening dress, and looking for all the world like another slightly younger member of the full-rig audience […]”

“[…] During the Overture, Oliver Johnstone’s Puck escaped from the woodwind ranks to begin proceedings. […]”

“[…] On the other hand, the actors are fine, with outstanding performances by […] Oliver Johnstone, whose Puck improves as the evening goes on […]”

“[…] Oliver Johnstone’s Puck and David Collings Egeus/Philostrate were finely etched. […]”

“[…] it’s entirely apt for the orchestra to be so intimately connected to the action, and it works especially well in the case of Oliver Johnstone’s Puck. […]”

“[…] Other slick directorial touches included getting the play’s master of ceremonies, Puck, performed with gusto by Oliver Johnstone, to pretend he was conducting the orchestra. Was Puck really the spirit of Mendelssohn? […]”
Reviews from Southbank Centre/ Queen Elizabeth Hall, London,
22, 23, 24 July 2015 (only those that refer to Oliver)
“[…] The performance happens in front of, at the sides and behind the orchestra with Puck (an excellent Oliver Johnstone) brilliantly emerging from their ranks in tails. […]”

“[…] I eventually realised that Puck was Oliver Johnston(e) who came initially out of the orchestra and acted on occasions as an onstage/offstage conductor […] Together with Oberon they did provide real touches of magic when transferring the flower with the love juice between themselves! […]”

“[…] Oliver Johnstone’s Puck, clad in dj and, having stolen the shades from splendidly played Lysander (Ross Armstrong), was a delightful benign interpretation. […]”