As I mentioned in an earlier post, there’s going to be a documentary on BBC2 about Rolf Harris painting a scene from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The scene he paints is the one where Titania, the Queen of the Fairies, falls in love with the donkey-headed clown, Bottom. Here’s that very moment in the play from a 1968 production, featuring Dame Judi Dench as Titania. You’ll not fail to notice that Dame Judi looks very fetching in a costume made of just a few strategically-placed leaves. Until I saw this, I’d had no inkling that Dame Judi was quite so attractive in her younger days.
She made an amazing Titania.