A Midsummer Night's Dream: A Play for the Nation
Comedy

Barbican

A Midsummer Night's Dream: A Play for the Nation

17 May 2016 - 21 May 2016

£10.00 - £55.00

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9 reviews

3.3 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
0 reviews

0.0 out of 5.0

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On a Midsummer’s night, four young lovers find themselves wrapped in the mischievous arms of an enchanted forest where sprites lurk and fairies rule.

With a feuding Fairy King and Queen, Quince and his friends presenting their play within a play, and chief mischief-maker Puck on hand, games of fantasy, love and dreams ensue in Shakespeare’s most beguiling comedy.


A touring production of the Shakespeare comedy, at each venue featuring local amateur performers playing Bottom and the rude mechanicals, and local schoolchildren playing Titania's fairy train. 

This special production will mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death in 2016. 

East London schoolchildren appear as faries, while local amateurs the Tower Theatre Company feature as the rude mechanicals.
 

Barbican [Off West End]

“Whyman has fashioned a production that is clear, striking and, crucially, witty... The nation is in for a treat. ”

Fiona Mountford (Evening Standard)

“Delightful... Dusted with magic... Omambala’s Oberon has real depth... Ellinson’s delicious, androgynous Puck. ”

Lyn Gardner (The Guardian)

“A roaring success [due to] a roster of top-notch performances and Whyman's fidelity to Shakespeare's joyous energy. ”

Kate Maltby (The Times)

“Inventive... Tower Theatre members were not only the equal of their professional colleagues but, in many cases, surpassed them. ”

Michael Arditti (Express)

“Slow-burning but ambitious, uplifting and embracive... The physical is often foregrounded over the verse-speaking. ”

Natasha Tripney (The Stage, Time Out)

“Big, brave idea... the real danger is that the have-a-go thespian heroes make the old-hands look like a bunch of also-rans. ”

Dominic Cavendish (The Telegraph)

“Rather touching... Dharker is luscious... Few productions will match the frisson when real amateurs step on this major stage. ”

Quentin Letts (Daily Mail)

“Top-drawer stuff, with Ellinson a masterstroke of casting as a fey, Charlie Chaplin-esque Puck. ”

Andrzej Lukowski (Time Out)

“Where's the spark?.. Looks as though social and political priorities have overtaken and eclipsed artistic achievement. ”

Michael Coveney (What's on Stage, The Stage, Independent)

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