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A Midsummer Night's Dream

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A Bristol Old Vic production
In Association with Handspring Puppet Company
Directed by Tom Morris
(Their first collaboration since War Horse)
Co-commissioned by Spoleto Festival USA
Designed by Vicki Mortimer

Having last worked together on the internationally acclaimed War Horse, Bristol Old Vic's Artistic Director Tom Morris and Cape Town's Handspring Puppet Company reunite to begin a new journey in Bristol.

Shakespeare's inexhaustible A Midsummer Night's Dream unfurls in the intimacy of our redeveloped Theatre, interweaving the lives of lovers, actors, friends, foes and fairies. This is a ...Dream about love, transformation, survival and song, where a belief in the mystical presence of fairies isn't mere superstition, but a magic lore encoded in the routines of a community living on the edge.

Trees, objects and tools all pulse and tingle with the possibility of existence in a world that, thanks to the magic of Handspring, all objects are granted the right to life.

Funny, filthy and consistently watchable"

The Financial Times

Magical and mysterious"

The Guardian

Eerily beautiful... irresistibly funny"

The Times

Watch the BBC, ITV and Channel 4 behind-the-scenes reports of the making of A Midsummer Night's Dream here.

Tom Morris said:
"In October 1995, I fell in love with a hyena. It was in the middle of a show called Faustus in Africa, designed by Adrian Kohler of Handspring and it looked as if it was alive.
"I've followed and occasionally been lucky enough to work with Handspring ever since. They are the greatest puppet company in the world and it is a huge thrill to be able to invite them to collaborate with us on this experimental version of Shakespeare's sexiest and most magical comedy."

Alongside our production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, we'll be running a series of workshops and events as well as providing a series of materials for schools, teachers, young people and adults. Click here for further information.

Until 4 May
Signed performance: 20 April at 2.30pm
Audio described performance: 27 April at 2.30pm
Captioned performance: 4 May at 2.30pm (signed, audio described and captioned tickets are just £10, available by calling box office only)
(groups of 10+ get £2 off top three ticket prices)
£10 previews
: 28 Feb-6 Mar (all tickets £10)
Superseats available (see here) from 7 Mar

Ages: 12+ (some sexual content)Cast

Saikat Ahamed - Snug / Puck
Colin Michael Carmichael
- Quince / Peaseblossom
Naomi Cranston
- Helena
David Emmings
- Snout / Mustardseed / Puck / Philostrate
Alex Felton
- Lysander
Fionn Gill
- Flute / Moth / Puck
Akiya Henry
- Hermia
Kyle Lima
- Demetrius
Saskia Portway
- Hippolyta / Titania
Jon Trenchard -
Starveling / Cobweb / Onstage Musical Director
Miltos Yerolemou
- Bottom / Egeus
David Ricardo Pearce
- Theseus / Oberon

Photography: Simon Annand

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