A “riotous” reinterpretation of one of Shakespeare’s best loved plays, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, comes to Oxford this month.
Arguably Shakespeare’s most fun play, it is packed full of mischievous fairies, matchmaking gone awry and music aplenty.
But this Lyric Hammersmith and Filter Theatre’s production takes it a step further – it also throws in stand-up comedy, live rock music and superheroes to boot.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream takes to the stage at the Oxford Playhouse for a week-long run from Tuesday, May 15, to Saturday, May 19.
Originally staged in 2012, it was revived by the lyric in 2016 and has toured across the world, to rave reviews.
The unique and irreverent twist to this classic tale of young lovers and warring fairies makes it the ideal show for Shakespeare novices and die-hard fans and is the perfect introduction to Shakespeare for teenagers.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream was written by the Bard in 1595/96, and consists of four interconnecting plots set around the marriage of Theseus, the Duke of Athens, to Hippolyta, the former queen of the Amazons.
Hermia wants to marry Lysander, but her father wants her to marry Demetrius, so the pair plot to elope. Meanwhile, her friend Helena, who is in love with Demetrius herself, tells him of the lovers’ plan to elope in a bid to win his affection.
That night they all set out into the forest just as a group of tradesmen, known as the Mechanicals, are rehearsing a play which they intend to stage to celebrate the king’s marriage, and the Fairy King Oberon has sent his servant Puck to find a magic plant that will cast a spell on the Fairy Queen Titania to make her fall in love with the first person she sees. What could possibly go wrong?
Tickets for A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Oxford Playhouse start at £10 and are available from the ticket office on 01865 305305 or go to oxfordplayhouse.com