Friday, 24 June 2016
Theatre: A Midsummer Night's Dream.......
Sir Trevor Nunn returns to his home town to direct William Shakespeare’s comedy of mismatched love.
Patron of the New Wolsey Theatre, and former Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, he has thus far directed 36 of Shakespeare’s 37 plays, with this production completing the collection.
A Midsummer Night's Dream is one of the Elizabethan writer’s most popular plays, enjoyed worldwide by audiences and school children alike. A play dedicated to magic, amazement, theatrics and passion - it showcases the poetry of Shakespeare in an entertaining and accessible way to all, with plenty of humour and audience asides.
As well as marking the theatre’s 15th birthday year, and concluding Sir Trevor’s repertoire of directing Shakespeare, 2016 marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, and joins many theatres across the region and UK who will be marking the celebration with groundbreaking productions and festivals.
Slight change of plans as I'd said yes to a ticket when Daughter asked about two months ago, as it was her and all three children and me so a fun family outing. However the night before I got a call to say Daughter and two children needed to be elsewhere so I was to take R and collect tickets at the box office. I had a quick phone round and neighbourJ said she'd love to use one of the spare tickets but I couldn't find takers for the other two.
Well the three of us loved this performance. It was set in the 1920s in colonial India but with full Shakespeare script. All the actors were brilliant, leads down to children faeries included, and brought each character to life. It was hilarious! The costumes and sets were very well done too.
We went to the matinee and nearly all seats were sold, and there were two large school groups in the audience and by all the cheering at the end they thoroughly enjoyed it too.
Well done to all involved.