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A Midsummer Night’s Dream

by William Shakespeare             

For their fifth annual production, the Theatre Royal Shakespeare Players are delighted to present A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare’s best-loved comedy.

The play opens in the ancient city of Athens, where the ruler, Duke Theseus, is about to hold a lavish, four-day wedding celebration. But this is a play in which the path of true love runs anything but smooth…

Outside the city walls, an enchanted forest is criss-crossed by a warring Fairy King and Queen, two pairs of argumentative lovers and a group of amateur actors who are trying to rehearse a play. The Fairy King’s mischievous servant Puck plays tricks on everyone and three worlds collide – with spectacular results!

 A Theatre Royal Shakespeare Players Production

Show Details

Doors open: 6:30pm
Performance: 7:30pm
Running Time: 2.5hrs with intermission
Date:  Tues 16 – Sat 20 July 2019

Tickets:

Adults £11.50
Concessions £10.50

Living ‘The Dream’ for Shakespeare enthusiasts

West Cumbrian Shakespeare fans are being spoiled this summer.

In addition to two different versions of Much Ado About Nothing which will be performed outdoors at Higham Hall and Lakes Distillery at the end of the month, The Theatre Royal Shakespeare Players have chosen to do A Midsummer Night’s Dream for their fifth Shakespeare play.

Though Director Tony Parker explains that their version will be completely different to the performance by Oddsocks actors at Workington Hall recently.

He said their production will be more traditional. They will be performing the play in the Theatre Royal, with a large cast in period costume, and making full use of the theatre’s lighting, sound and film projection facilities.

He went on to say that the cast will also benefit from the newly installed flying grid, which will make it possible to have quick, seamless scene changes.

The play opens in the ancient city of Athens, where the ruler, Duke Theseus, is about to hold a lavish, four-day wedding celebration.

But the course of true love is going to run anything but smoothly.

Outside the city walls is an enchanted forest ruled by a fractious Fairy King and Queen, two pairs of argumentative lovers and a group of amateur actors who are trying to rehearse a play.

The Fairy King’s mischievous servant Puck plays tricks on everyone and the three worlds collide – with spectacular results.

The play runs from July 16 to 20. Tickets can be booked at Theatre Royal online or messages can be left at the Box Office on O19OO 6O3161.

Preview from News and Star online

Preview from Cumbria Crack online

The Theatre Royal Shakespeare Players are Cumbrian Shakespeare enthusiasts who believe that Shakespeare belongs to everyone, not just to watch but to perform. In 2013 they were selected for the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Open Stages project, which provides professional mentoring for amateur actors and directors.

Over the last few years, they have put on extremely well-received productions of Twelfth Night, Much Ado About Nothing, Macbeth and The Tempest. For their fifth annual production, they are delighted to present A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare’s best-loved comedy, from 16th to 20th July.

The play opens in the ancient city of Athens, where the ruler, Duke Theseus, is about to hold a lavish, four-day wedding celebration. But this is a play in which the path of true love runs anything but smooth…

Outside the city walls, an enchanted forest is criss-crossed by a warring Fairy King and Queen, two pairs of argumentative lovers and a group of amateur actors who are trying to rehearse a play. The Fairy King’s mischievous servant Puck plays tricks on everyone and three worlds collide – with spectacular results!

Directed by Tony Parker, the production will feature specially made costumes, film projections, magic, mayhem and plenty of laughs.

Booking details: Tickets can be booked online at http://www.theatre-royal-workington.co.uk/midsummer-night/ or you can leave a message for the Box Office on 01900 603161.

Preview from Cumbria Crack online

Poster photograph copyright Ian Francis

Illustration copyright Amanda Sweeney

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