'A Midsummer Night's Dream'


Derby Playhouse & Carsington Water


3rd - 7th February & 19th - 20th June 1998


Ian Arnot

With ethereal lighting, beautiful costumes and otherworldly make-up effects Ian Arnot's 1998 production of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' was a truly magical show.

Staged both on the main stage of the Derby Playhouse and in the open air at Carsington Water country park the play featured wonderful performances throughout.

Special mention must go to Mike Leech who not only agreed to have his head shaved for the role of Oberon but was prepared to do so in public outside the Derby Playhouse as publicity for the show!

All photographs taken by Tony Eycott.


Director - Ian Arnot
Designer - Gavin Ling
Stage Manager - Alan Jackson
Musical Director - Lisa Cokayne
Music & Sound Advisor - Ashley Franklin
Incidental Music Composer - Steve Hackett
Wardrobe Mistress - Flora Palmer
Fairy Costume Makers - Karen Owen, Molly Renshaw & Lynda Smith
Props - Ruth Eycott & Ann Toy
Hair & Make-Up Advisor - Elaina Evans
PA - Jill Cocke
Stage Crew - Peter Harrington, Paul Harrington, Lorna Harrington, Ken Owen & Brian Stokes
Prompt - Margaret Arnot
Children's Supervisor
Photography - Tony Eycott
Business Manager - Tony Jaggers
Company Secretary - Helen Cornfield
Front Of House Manager - Tony Eycott


Theseus - Mark Hopwell
Hippolyta - Christine Smith
Philostrate - Hugh Price
Egeus - Eric Dicken
Hermia - Kate Ward
Lysander - David Howe
Demetrius - Mark Arnot
Helena - Caroline Hands
Oberon - Mike Leech
Titania - Carolyn O'Brien
Puck - Howard Nelson
Fairy - Helena Franklin
Peaseblossom - Laura Smith
Cobweb - Lizzie Smith
Moth - Rachael Cornfield
Mustardseed - Antony Owen
Peter Quince - Alan Smith
Nick Bottom - Keith Briars
Francis Flute - Mike Evans
Tom Snout - David Preston
Snug - Michael Stewart
Robin Starveling - Jenny Billington
Apprentice - Tom Blundell
Dog - Harry Billington
Courtiers - Rachel Collinge, Kate Hardy, Samantha Lawrenson, Charlotte Palmer & David Willey
Faerieland - Adele Bates, Christine Bayley, Sue Blount, Jessica Clewes, Jill Cocke, Jenny Cooper, Helen Cornfield, Sarah Freeman, Chris Elliot & Leah Lesser