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Helen Mirren Says Julie Taymor's A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM Has Staying Power

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Helen Mirren, who attended last night's premiere of Julie Taymor's A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM movie, believes capturing Shakespeare on film goes beyond box office statistics.

Mirren told the New York Post, "Not only can it be shared with a wider audience, but also be shared for generations. Movies like this, they don't make the kind of money that 'Mad Max' does on the weekend, but they're watched in 10 years' time, 15, 30, 40, 80 years' time, people will still be watching this movie."

BroadwayWorld was on the scene this week alongside Mirren, Taymor, Reeve Carney, Anne Hathaway and numerous others on the opening night of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM.

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM brilliantly conjoins four intertwined stories: the marriage of the Athenian Duke Theseus to the Amazon queen Hippolyta; the warring Oberon and Titania, king and queen of the fairies; the madcap follies of four lovers in a forest; and the comically earnest efforts of a group of working men to stage a love-play for the royal wedding. Lysander loves Hermia, whose father wants her to marry Demetrius. Helena loves Demetrius, who chases the eloping Lysander and Hermia into the woods, pursued by Helena. They are all fair game for mischievous Puck, Oberon's servant, who scrambles their desires and Titania's. As the working men press faithfully on with their rehearsals, the otherworldly night of confusion, passion and diligence proves oddly momentous, touching every life to the quick.

Watch the full trailer below!

Photo Credit: Walter McBride

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