The court of Theseus is a cold, logical place, bound by reason. In this production, all the court characters are dressed in black and white. Hipployta's entry into court brings colour and passion. Initially a prize in war, Hippolyta has won the love of her husband, and injects an element of compassion into the court.
Athenian society is bound by rules. When Hermia contravenes the rules by loving Lysander rather than the man chosen by her father, the court is scandalised.