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A Midsummer Night's Dream - Courtyard Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

ROSE Bridge Theatre Company is presenting A Midsummer Night’s Dream, by William Shakespeare, at the Courtyard Theatre – from August 19 to September 7, 2014.

There’s a magical mix of folk and morris, rock ‘n’ roll and jive, enchantment and mayhem in an English country village in the summer of 1958.

Lord and Lady of the Manor, Theseus and Hippolyta, are celebrating with the local Village Am Dram Society, headed by Mr Bottom, who are preparing their latest theatrical piece. Having had enough of cucumber sandwiches and tea dances, young sweethearts, Hermia and Lysander, steal away to the forest, closely pursued by their admirers, Helena and Demetrius.

Their adventure is closely watched by the forest’s mystical inhabitants; Oberon, Titania, and their band of fairies, who use their powers for good and ill, resulting in an enchanted night of magic, misconception, and mischief.

Featuring live music from a team of actor musicians, Rose Bridge Theatre company transports one of Shakespeare’s most popular works to the age of rock ‘‘roll age, an age when youth shakes off the shackles of post war austerity, when music shouts loud and anything seems possible.

Rose Bridge theatre was founded in 2013 and produces community and commercial theatre, most recently the Arts Council Funded HIDDEN: The FCO Plays at the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict and the musical The Fantastiks at the Jermyn Street Theatre.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is directed by and has musical direction by Adam Morris, whose directing credits include HIDDEN: The FCO Plays. As a musical director, his credits include Wuthering Heights (also musical arrangements and additional composition), the world premiere of Ivor Novello’s last work, Valley Of Song (Finborough Theatre), Halbwelt Kultur and The Fantasticks (Jermyn Street Theatre) and The Portrait of Dorian Grey (Riverside Studios).

A Midsummer Night’s Dream has choreography by Alyssa Noble, whose credits include The Great Gatsby (King’s Head Theatre), Song of The Seagull (Menier Gallery) and Halbwelt Kutlur (Jermyn Street Theatre).

Tickets: £15, £12 concessions – available on +44 (0)20 7729 2202 or from Ticketweb.

Times: 7.30pm; Fridays at 7pm.