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A Midsummer Night's Dream

The theatre becomes the forest – a dream world of flying fairies, contagious fogs and moonlight revels. The seating is wrapped around the action while the immersive tickets allow the story to be followed on foot.

Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones), Oliver Chris (Green Wing), David Moorst (Allelujah!) and Hammed Animashaun (The Festival) lead the cast as Titania, Oberon, Puck and Bottom. The production also re-unites the team responsible for last year’s smash-hit Julius Caesar. Direction is by Nicholas Hytner, design by Bunny Christie, costume by Christina Cunningham, lighting by Bruno Poet and sound by Paul Arditti. Joining the team will be composer Grant Olding, movement director Arlene Phillips, and associate movement director James Cousins.

"This is the most accomplished Shakespeare production of [Nicholas Hytner's] I’ve ever encountered"

The Daily Telegraph ★★★★★

"Could be the most joyously affirmative Shakespeare production I’ve ever seen"

The Metro ★★★★★

"A warm, exuberant celebration of the transforming power of love."

Financial Times ★★★★

"Five stars might not be enough"

Observer ★★★★★

Length
Approx 2hr 20min

Awards

Hammed Animashaun

  • WhatsOnStage Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Play
  • Critics Circle Award for Best Shakespearean Performance
  • Ian Charleson Award (nomination)

Bunny Christie

  • Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Design

Isis Hainsworth

  • Ian Charleson Award (nomination)

Kit Young

  • Ian Charleson Award (nomination)

Mousetrap Award for Best Play 2020

 

From the programme

Hammed Animashaun as Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream

Bottom's Dream

Peter Holland

In 1661, over 60 years after the first performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Bottom finally became its star when a cut-down version of Shakespeare’s play was published, renamed as The Merry Conceited Humours of Bottom the Weaver…

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Hippolyta and the Amazons

Edith Hall

At a crucial moment in the final play of Aeschylus’ Oresteia, Athena explains how the rocky ‘Hill of Ares’ or ‘Areopagus’ in central Athens, which rivals her own Acropolis in size, received its name. A terrifying tribe of warlike Amazons…

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Thou Art Translated

Ayanna Thompson

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a play that is deeply invested in exploring what happens when situations, locations, people, plots, and objects change, move, migrate, or to use the play’s own terminology “translate”. Does moving from…

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Cast

Paul Adeyefa
Demetrius
Paul Adeyefa
Hammed Animashaun
Bottom
Hammed Animashaun
Charlotte Atkinson
Moth
Charlotte Atkinson
Tessa Bonham Jones
Helena
Tessa Bonham Jones
Adam Cunis
Understudy
Adam Cunis
Oliver Chris
Oberon / Theseus
Oliver Chris
Gwendoline Christie
Titania / Hippolyta
Gwendoline Christie
Jermaine Freeman
Flute
Jermaine Freeman
Isis Hainsworth
Hermia
Isis Hainsworth
Chipo Kureya
Peaseblossom
Chipo Kureya
Francis Lovehall
Starveling
Francis Lovehall
Kevin McMonagle
Egeus
Kevin McMonagle
Ami Metcalf
Snout
Ami Metcalf
Jamie-Rose Monk
Snug
Jamie-Rose Monk
Felicity Montagu
Quince
Felicity Montagu
David Moorst
Puck / Philostrate
David Moorst
Lennin Nelson-McClure
Mustardseed
Lennin Nelson-McClure
Philippa Quinn
Understudy
Philippa Quinn
Rachel Tolzman
Bedbug
Rachel Tolzman
Jay Webb
Cobweb
Jay Webb
Kit Young
Lysander
Kit Young

Creative Team

Writer
William Shakespeare
Director
Nicholas Hytner
Production Design
Bunny Christie
Costume Design
Christina Cunningham
Lighting Design
Bruno Poet
Sound Design
Paul Arditti
Composer
Grant Olding
Movement Director
Arlene Phillips
Associate Movement Director
James Cousins
Wigs, SFX, Hair & Make-up
Susanna Peretz
Fight director
Kate Waters