A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Love is in the air in Athens but things are definitely not running to plan. Star-crossed lovers are running away, jealous wooers are in hot pursuit, bumbling actors are trying to rehearse and they haven’t even come across the domestic war raging in Fairyland! If they thought things were bad, they’re about to get messier with magic!

If you go down to the woods today, you’re sure of a big surprise!

Cast & Crew

Cast

Demetrius
Egeus/ Robin Starveling (Moonshine)/ Mustardseed
Francis Flute (Thisbe)/ Peaseblossom
Helena
Hermia
Lysander
Nick Bottom (Pyramus)
Peter Quince
Philostrate/ Puck
Snug (Lion)/ Moth
Theseus/ Oberon
Titania/ Hippolyta
Tom Snout (Wall)/ Cobweb

Crew

Artistic Director

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Play description

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a classic and much loved text by William Shakespeare.
Written around the late 1500’s.
Like most Shakespearean texts, A Midsummer Night’s Dream stands the test of time; the narrative is almost timeless and it is still performed regularly to this day.

The story is about four Athenian “lovers” who all all in love with one another; Hermia and Lysander are in love but Hermia’s farther, Egeus, wants her to marry Demetrius who also loves her. Left behins poor Helena, who has a deep and unrequited love for Demetrius. As Hermia and Lysander run away to a nearby forest together on the eve of a big Athenian wedding between Theseus and Hippolyta. Demetrius follows the object of his affection, as does Helena.

Chaos ensues as the escaped lovers are set upon by magical forces dwelling in the woods. As a result of a magic potion, the lovers fall for different women.

Also effected by the mischevious woodland spirits are “the Mechanicals”, labour workers from Athens who are practicing a play for the royal Athenian wedding.

Hilarity, sexuality and desire are key themes in this whimsical text by Shakespeare.

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