'Lord, what fools these mortals be!'
Hermia loves Lysander and Helena loves Demetrius – but Demetrius is supposed to be marrying Hermia… When the Duke of Athens tries to enforce the marriage, the lovers take refuge in the woods and wander into the midst of a dispute between the king and queen of the fairies.
Shakespeare put some of his most dazzling dramatic poetry at the service of this teasing, glittering, hilarious and amazingly inventive play, whose seriousness is only fleetingly glimpsed beneath its dreamlike surface.
This production employs Renaissance costumes and staging.
An enchanted forest charms a disenchanted court. In Athens a daughter's disobedience forces two lovers to flee to the woods, pursued by the two lovers they rejected. In the woods, amateur actors rehearse a play, while the king of fairies plays tricks and captivates the night. A mischievous Puck with the magical juice of a flower helps love lose its way while the fairy queen falls for an ass; the king and queen of the fairies reconcile; the lovers find each other, return to court and marriage celebrations end in a theatrical dream.
Running time: 167 mins
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Claire van Kampen
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What you have to say
Stephen Pope Stephen Pope
Michelle Terry owned the stage; superb both as Titania and Hippolyta
Evie Bee Evie Bee
Thought it was fabulous. Thank you to the wonderful actors for a really memorable production. HIGHLY recommended.
Penny Maxwell Penny Maxwell
David Risley David Risley
Gorgeous production - lavish in it's detail and precise direction - love that petulant Puck
Cidalia Araujo Cidalia Araujo
What a wonderful play. I laughed so much. The actors are great. Strongly recommend it.
Geoff Salt Geoff Salt
Great fun and highly imaginative!