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  was nominated for ‘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.


Thursday 24 September           7pm

Friday 25 September                 7:30pm SOLD OUT

Saturday 26 September            3pm

Saturday 26 September            7:30pm SOLD OUT

Sunday 27 September                7pm SOLD OUT

Friday 2 October                          8.15pm 3 tkts left! (perfect for people who've got to put little fairies to bed!)

Saturday 3 October                     7:30pm 9 tkts left!

Running Time: 80 minutes (approx.)

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.