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Christmas at the Lion and Unicorn

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THIS Christmas, the Lion and Unicorn Theatre is presenting a repertory season of The Tempest and A Midsummer Night’s Dream – from December 11, 2012 to January 5, 2013.

The Tempest

Not all is well at sea. The treacherous King of Naples and Duke of Milan are about to find out just what cost they must pay for meddling with a magician. Young love, mischievous spirits, spells, storms, shipwrecks, goodies and baddies fill the stage with some of Shakespeare’s most exciting work.

Featuring the famous speech “Be not be afeard, the isle is full of noises” recently performed by Kenneth Branagh during the London 2012 Olympics Closing Ceremony, this classic play is billed as ‘fun for all the family’.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

In Athens, love is in the air but things are definitely not running to plan. Star-crossed lovers are running away, jealous wooers are in hot pursuit, bumbling actors are trying to rehearse and they haven’t even come across the domestic war raging in Fairyland!

Both plays are from Grassroots Shakespeare London, who have performed in Hyde Park, the New Red Lion Theatre and Victoria Embankment Gardens. In 2012, they launched the More London Free Festival at The Scoop and performed at the Royal Shakespeare Company as part of the World Shakespeare Festival.

Tickets: £15/£12 – available from the box office on 08444 77 1000 or online at Ticketweb.

Times: 7.30pm, matinees at 3.30pm. For dates, check website.