by William Shakespeare
Forbidden love at the heart of a gypsy community brings danger on a midsummer’s night. As the lovers escape, mischief and sensual seduction ensue in a confusion of worlds real and unreal.
A big fat gypsy telling of Shakespeare’s comedic tale featuring the Open Air Theatre’s celebrated fusion of original music, movement and unique setting.
As the running time is 2 hours 50 minutes (including the interval), this production is not suitable for younger children. It remains the responsibility of the parent/guardian in advance of purchase to make their own judgement as to the suitability of the show for their child, but in any event, children under the age of 4 will not be admitted to the venue.
Guidelines for Parents and Teachers
A Midsummer Night's Dream
There is a short moment which parents may wish to be aware of when considering the suitability of our production for younger audiences: the first meeting between Bottom and Titania is depicted as a highly charged intimate encounter in keeping with the contemporary style and physical nature of our production.
Suitable for ages 11+
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"HIGHLY ORIGINAL" “George Bukhari is... among my all-time favourite Bottoms, vaingloriously idiotic and hyperactive”
"with all the patriarchy, rebellion larkiness and trickery done full tilt”
“It won’t be what the tourists were expecting BUT THEY'LL BE GLAD THEY CAME”
“Few have envisioned Shakespeare’s natural unity with reality TV. Until now... thanks to Matthew Dunster’s clever touches, and a show-stealing set from designer Jon Bausor”
"This exceptional space has been transformed into A WORLD YOU'D NEVER IMAGINED"
“There’s nothing conventional about Matthew Dunster’s production... and all the better for it.”
“the patriarchal code of traveller culture provides a THEMATICALLY RICH framework for Shakespeare’s play of youthful rebellion and sexual awakening”
"this is one of the most imaginative renderings of the play you'll ever come across”
"an ORIGINAL and INVENTIVE re-imagining”