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Set in the psychedelic sixties, Michael Grandage's revival of Shakespeare's most popular comedy is fast-moving and spectacular, with brilliantly realized design by Christopher Oram and casting described by critics as inspired. The spirited and fast-moving production sees award-winning Sheridan Smith in the roles of both Hippolyta and Titania, while TV star and comedian (best known perhaps for his appearances in Little Britain) dives into the role of Nick Bottom.
Dazzling and inventive, hilarious and racy, A Midsummer Night's Dream springs to life in an entirely new way and flips many an expectation on its head.
A comic tangle of love stories and mischief, A Midsummer Night's Dream plaits together four worlds, connected by the wedding of Theseus, the good-natured Duke of Athens, and the proud Amazonian queen Hippolyta. Fiesty Hermia and gentlemanly Lysander are happily in love. Helena loves Demetrius, who previously loved Helena but now loves Hermia. Hermia's father Eqeus has arranged that she marry Demetrius, but she refuses; thus Eqeus takes the matter to the Duke to settle. Theseus issues an ultimatum and, to skirt death or a forced marriage, the love-locked pair, pursued by Demetrius and Helena, flee to the forest where they perchance upon a band of fairies (of the most suprising sort) and a group of rehearsing amateur actors. The tospy-turvy tale dips into a dreamlike world of magic, mischief and mirth.
A veritable tour de force in British theatre, Michael Grandage's works have been showered with awards, including Tony, Olivier, Drama Desk, Critics' Circle, Evening Standard and South Bank Awards. His production of A Midsummer Night's Dream first opened in the West End in 2013 as part of a season of five plays by the Michael Grandage Company.
Previews from: 7 September 2013
Opening night: 17 September 2013
A Midsummer Night's Dream is suitable for audiences aged 8 and upwards
Audio described performance
19th October 2013: 2.30pm
2nd November 2013: 2.30pm
You may be required to wear a mask during this performance. Please contact the venue directly for more information.
Craig Vye as Snug the Joiner (Lion)/First Fairy and Understudy Puck/Philostrate
Rachel Barry as Thistleweed/Understudy Titania/Hippolyta and Mechanicals/Fairies
Jack Brown as Gillyvor/Understudy Mechanicals/Fairies
Henry Everett as Tom Snout (Wall)/Peaseblossom and Understudy Bottom/Egeus
Alex Large as Francis Flute (Thisbe)/Mustardseed and Understudy Lysander/Demetrius
Lorna Stuart as Crab Apple/Understudy Helena/Hermia
9 reviews, average rating: (4.0 Stars)
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