A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM - ONLINE!
24 - 27 SEPTEMBER 2020
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM is Shakespeare’s best loved comedy. Four young lovers who find themselves lost in a mystical wood populated by warring fairies, mischievous sprites and an earnest group of amateur actors, one of whom seems to have grown a donkey’s head…
Following the phenomenal success of our online live shows in May and June, we're teaming up with one of the North-West’s premier producing theatres, Octagon Theatre, Bolton, to bring another live theatre show into the living-rooms of audiences North and South.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be an especial adaptation of our 2017 open air production. This show, set in 1967 Guildford and directed by LOTTE WAKEHAM, took our audiences to a brand new venue, hidden in the very heart of the town centre, Racks Close. A show survey revealed that an incredible 76% of audience members had never set foot in the former chalk quarry or even new it existed! Into this little green oasis we brought Bottom, Puck and our traditional sense of fun and invention.
Lotte, who is now the Artistic Director of Octagon Theatre, Bolton, returns to direct this online version.
PRAISE FOR 2017's A Midsummer Night's Dream
★★★★★ “This ‘Dream’ is a masterpiece of fun, invention and imaginative comic business.” Essential Surrey
★★★★★ "Quite brilliant, I would never miss one of GSC’s comedies" Londontheatre1.com
★★★★ "Infectious humour and feel-good optimism" The Stage
MATT PINCHES, GSC Co-Founder: “Our especially made online events have proved incredibly popular and it has been joyous to see families and friends able to come together to share a live experience in these toughest of times. We desperately wanted to stage a Shakespeare play in this format and Dream, with its accessible story line, beautiful speeches and laugh-out-loud comedy, was an obvious choice. Lotte had directed a truly magical show for us in 2017 and so it seemed a natural union to make with Bolton. Two theatres, working together for their communities whilst sharing new ideas and best practices, was an opportunity not to be missed.”
LOTTE WAKEHAM, Artistic Director of the Octagon: “I’m delighted to be collaborating with Guildford Shakespeare Company again, who truly are experts in this field of Zoom productions. I’m also very excited to be working with a brilliant cast of northern and southern actors, who I’m confident will provide a magical evening of entertainment for our audiences.”
Director and adaptor – Lotte Wakeham
Sound designer and composer – Matt Eaton
Fight Director – Philip d'Orléans
Assistant Director – Francesca Tennant
GSC Company Stage Manager & Virtual Backgrounds Creator Beth Mann
This new online production is inspired by Andrew Riley’s original set and costumes designs for our 2017 outdoor production, which also had original sound design by Andy Graham.
JACK WHITAM, EMMA FENNEY, SARAH and MATT return from the 2017 production in which they played Flute/Demetrius, Puck, Titania and Bottom. Jack has appeared in a number of our shows, and was most recently seen in the title role of Macbeth back in February. Emma was last with us in Summer 2019 playing Mistress Ford in The Merry Wives of Windsor and Maria in Twelfth Night.
NATHAN IVES-MOIBA, who appeared in our open air celebration Thy Eternal Summer, also played Macduff in February's Macbeth, Nathan won ‘Best Newcomer’ at the Manchester Theatre Awards for his performance in Tull at the Octagon in 2014.
Completing the cast and making her GSC debut is MISHA DUNCAN-BARRY. Misha has recently worked with Northern Broadsides, and was in last year’s acclaimed Hamlet at Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre.
PERFORMANCE DATES & TIMES
Thursday 24 September 7pm
Friday 25 September 7:30pm
Saturday 26 September 3pm, 7:30pm
Sunday 27 September 3pm, 7pm
Running Time: 75 minutes (approx.)
Tickets £20 per device (max two people per device)
Priority Booking opens 1 September, 11am
General Booking opens 3 September, 11 am
Family of 3?
- Book one device £20 (if you all want to be at the same one) and add a £10 donation to cover the extra family members.
Family of 4? There's two options:
- Book for two devices
- Book one device £20 (if you all want to be at the same one) and add a £20 donation to cover the extra family members.
How it works
- On the day of the performance, you will receive an invitation by email.
- This invitation will include an electronic link which gives you access to the show.
- Your host will greet you on arrival, and once everyone is assembled provide you with full instructions.
- Please note, the show will not open before the scheduled start time.
- The performance is delivered by Zoom, and help will be given in advance of the event starting should you need it.
- Our team will also be on hand during the event should you have any technical problems.
A Midsummer Night's Dream Production 2017
(Photos by Steve Porter Pictures 2017)
This online version is based on an original design by Andrew Riley.