A Midsummer Night's Dream
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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
Co-Director: Sean Holmes
Sean is Artistic Director of the Lyric Hammersmith. His most renowned work for the Lyric includes, Herons, Bugsy Malone, Secret Theatre Shows 1, 2, 3, 5 and 7, Cinderella, Desire Under the Elms, Morning, Have I None, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Saved, Blasted (Olivier Award 2011, Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre), A Thousand Stars Explode in the Sky, Ghost Stories, Three Sisters and Comedians.
Holmes was an Associate Director of the Oxford Stage Company from 2001 to 2006 and has worked at the National Theatre, RSC, Tricycle, Royal Court, Donmar Warehouse, Chichester Festival Theatre and the Abbey Theatre, Dublin.
Co-Director: Stef O’Driscoll
Stef is Artistic Director of nabokov and Associate Director at Paines Plough. As Associate Director she has worked on Mogadishu (also Royal Exchange), and as Assistant Director Blasted – winner Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre 2011.
O’Driscoll’s other theatre credits include With a Little Bit of Luck, Hopelessly Devoted, Finding Home, Blister, A Tale from the Bedsit, A Guide to Second Date Sex, When Women Wee, No Longer I (Public Theatre/New York); Yard Gal – winner Fringe Report Awards for Best Fringe Production 2009, Wasted, and Henry IV.
The Lyric Hammersmith is one of the UK’s leading producing theatres. Over its 125-year history it has been responsible for creating some of the UK’s most adventurous and acclaimed theatrical work. It has also gained a national reputation for its work with and for children and young people. The Lyric recently completed a £20million capital project which is the most significant cultural development to take place in West London for decades.
Led by actors Oliver Dimsdale and Ferdy Roberts, and composer Tim Phillips, Filter has been creating innovative, exciting theatre since 2003. Working out of a real sense of trust, and retaining a robust emotional honesty and playfulness, the company creates new works of original theatre, as well as incarnations of existing texts.
Designed by Hyemi Shin
Lighting by Oliver Fenwick
Sound Design & Original Music by Chris Branch & Tom Haines
Company Stage Manager Claire Bryan
Deputy Stage Manager Helen King
Sound Engineer and Operator Nick Manning
Production Manager Seamus Benson
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