A Midsummer Night’s Dream: A Play for the Nation


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An event that will celebrate the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, 1616-2016.

The Royal Shakespeare Company some months ago announced:

<<A co-production between the Royal Shakespeare Company and amateur companies across the UK.

In 2016, the RSC and amateur companies around the UK take you on a very special Midsummer adventure with a unique production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

The nation’s favourite Shakespeare play is performed as never before; magically intertwining professional and amateur actors, deep in an enchanted wood on Midsummer’s night. During its tour of the UK, catch the show in Stratford-upon-Avon and on tour around the UK where regional amateur groups will perform with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

On Midsummer’s Day we announced the 14 amateur companies from around the UK who will be joining us on our journey. Meet the Bottoms in our brand new trailer and visit the Dream 2016 website to get to know each company.

This is an arrangement developed between the RSC and Equity.
Supported by Arts Council England Cross-Border Touring Fund.>>

LINKS:

Dream 2016 Twitter account 

Instagram rscdream2016

Facebook Page RSCDream2016

SLOGANS:

<<In 2016, will take you on a special adventure with a production of a Midsummer Night’s Dream with professional & 14 amateur groups. Across the UK in 2016! dream2016.org.uk >>

<<Follow the journey of the 14 UK Amateur groups with this account and hashtag – let the fun beginning!>>

<<Oct 26 we’re asking everyone to design a fairy ‪#‎TheBigDraw‬ ‪#‎dream2016‬ We’re can’t wait to see your Fairy>>

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I love this logo with the donkey! It’s from the Dream 2016 site.

I’m keeping an eye on this event that sounds amazing! I never saw the play on stage, so this would be a good occasion to see it performed in such original way.

I still don’t have the cast list, but I will try to see it in London, if possible.

They also launched this other nice hashtag: people can draw their fairies and share them on Twitter and Instagram. They appears on the official site.

There are very beautiful drawings posted by their authors. And here’s my fairy I shared with them, “The Fairy of the Leaves“:

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TOUR:

(some tickets are not available, yet)

Newcastle Upon Tyne
Northern Stage
16 – 26 March 2016
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Glasgow
Citizens Theatre
29 March – 2 April 2016
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Blackpool
Grand Theatre
5 – 9 April 2016
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Bradford
Alhambra Theatre
12 – 16 April 2016
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Canterbury
Marlowe Theatre
19 – 23 April 2016
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Norwich
Theatre Royal
26 – 30 April
On sale late July

Nottingham
Theatre Royal
3 – 7 May 2016
Buy tickets

Truro
Hall for Cornwall
10 – 14 May 2016
On sale late September/early October

London
Barbican
17 – 21 May 2016
Priority Booking from Autumn 2015

Cardiff
New Theatre
24 – 28 May 2016
On sale late October/early November

Belfast
Grand Opera House
31 May – 4 June 2016
Buy tickets

TRAILERS & CLIPS:

Meet the Bottoms | A Midsummer Night’s Dream: A Play for the Nation | RSC

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July with Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream


Just learned that this new version of Felix Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream was on stage 16 July – 19 July 2015 as part of Garsington Opera’s 2015 season.

http://www.garsingtonopera.org/our-season/a-midsummer-nights-dream/

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There will be other performances:

– Performances at the Southbank Centre/ Queen Elizabeth Hall 22, 23, 24 July – book tickets at southbankcentre.co.uk

– Performances at Stratford-upon-Avon 26 July – book tickets at rsc.org.uk

Featuring three actors from the wonderful Oppenheimer cast:

Ross Armstrong plays Lysander
Hedydd Dylan plays Helena
Oliver Johnstone reprises in the role of Puck after having played him at the Open Air Theatre of  Regent’s Park in London in 2012 openairtheatre.com

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Here a five star review of the Garsington Opera performance:

A Midsummer Night’s Dream review – orchestral manoeuvres in the park ***** theguardian.com

Anyway, from what I’m finding on Internet, this play divides critics: it’s getting from bad to 5 stars reviews….that’s very strange!

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Cast& Creatives list and their Twitter accounts:

Garsington Opera
Royal Shakespeare Company @TheRSC

Conductor Douglas Boyd @dougieboyd
Director Owen Horsley @OwenHorsley
Under the creative guidance of Gregory Doran
Designer Rosanna Vize @RLVize
Lighting Designer Caroline Burrell

Lysander Ross Armstrong
Helena Hedydd Dylan @hedusan
Egeus / Philostrate David Collings
Flute / Mustardseed Chris Lew Kum Hoi @ChrisLewKumHoi
Hermia Joan Iyiola
Puck Oliver Johnstone
Starvelling Jake Mann
Demetrius Simon Manyonda @SimonManyonda
Snout / Pease Blossom Chris Nayak @Chrisnayak
Oberon / Theseus David Rintoul
Quince / Moth Tim Speyer @TimothySpeyer
Bottom Forbes Masson  @forbesmasson
Titania / Hippolyta Marty Cruickshank
Snug / Cobweb Sophie Khan Levy @sophiekhanlevy
Soprano Soloist Anna Sideris
Mezzo-Soprano Soloist Catherine Backhouse @CathBackhouse

Garsington Opera Orchestra & Chorus

Sung and spoken in English.

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