Brisbane Festival and Philip Bacon Galleries present

A Midsummer Night's Dream

09 - 17 Sep
QPAC - Playhouse
Lyric Hammersmith and Filter Theatre (UNITED KINGDOM)
Australian Premiere Exclusive to Brisbane

This gleefully mischievous take on Shakespeare’s best-loved comedy is knock-you-sideways funny with a heart of Shakespearean gold.

In the 400th anniversary year of Shakespeare’s death, this comic gem is given a fresh cut. Two of London’s most audacious theatre companies have delivered a high-spirited jewel of a show that’ll have you jumping out of your seat.

Every imaginable comic device is here, from spontaneous bursts of song, lycra-clad superheroes, Nerf guns and an epic food fight. The furious physical comedy is matched with an equally thrilling soundscape. A live band, members of The London Snorkelling Team, double as mechanicals and exuberantly channel Barry White and The Ramones, from doo wop to grunge and a tiny orchestra of electronic tweets, buzzes and magical trills.

This is a dazzlingly anarchic dream for our times, raucous and irreverent and bursting with life.

"Quite brilliant." (Independent on Sunday)

“Miraculously captures the madness at the heart of Shakespeare's comedy.” (The Guardian)

“The sort of show that could spark a love affair with Shakespeare.” (WhatsOnStage)

★★★★½ A fast-paced romp in the spirit of Shakespeare, if not always to the letter Limelight Magazine

Check out the glowing reviews from The Australian and Daily Review.

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Suitable for audiences 14+ years
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Post Show Q&A Wednesday 14 September

School Group Bookings - $25 per student, 1 free adult with every 10 students

For general group bookings of 6 or more, please use our group booking form

Duration : 110 minutes
Adult $56
Concession^ $54


Adult $50
Concession^ $48

^Full-time students, Pensioners, Seniors card holders
(a $6.95 fee applies per transaction)

Venue Icon Venue
QPAC - Playhouse

Corner Grey and Melbourne Streets
Queensland Performing Arts Centre
QLD 4101

Getting There

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Parking: Paid car parks at QPAC and South Bank Parklands
Bus: Cultural Centre busway station
Train: South Brisbane train station
Ferry: South Bank ferry terminal
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