A Midsummer Night's Dream
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A Midsummer Night’s Dream

October 18, 2019

This event occurred as part of the 19/20 Art On Screen season. This is an archived view.

Gwendoline Christie ("Game of Thrones") leads the cast in a wildly original take on Shakespeare's comedy of love triangles and transformations.

19/20 Art On Screen

The course of true love never did run smooth. Considered one of the Bard's funniest plays, this fantastical rom-com features several intersecting narratives: a feuding fairy King and Queen of the forest, four runaway lovers and a troupe of actors (among them Nick Bottom, played by Hammed Animashaun from The Barber Shop Chronicles) trying to rehearse a play. 

As the magical royal couple's dispute grows, they trade barbs with each other by meddling with mortal lives … with hilarious but dark consequences. In this immersive production, the Bridge Theatre becomes the enchanted forest, a dream world of flying fairies, contagious fogs and moonlight revels, surrounded by a roving audience following the action on foot. 

But the greatest surprises come from Nicholas Hytner's wild and original approach to the play, where Titania and Oberon switch lines so that Oberon and not Titania falls for Bottom in the guise of an ass. In keeping with the humor built on permissive suitor-swapping, this new interpretation emphasises the play's sexual anarchy without sacrificing a drop of comedy. 

Come to the Loew early (7:15pm) to see a preview of the Dartmouth Rude Mechanicals' upcoming production of Romeo and Juliet! 
Romeo and Juliet is one of the most iconic stories of love. In this performance, in which both Romeo and Juliet are portrayed as women, we explore the themes of hateful violence and the impact it has by framing it within the context of the violence and silence directed at queer youth in particular. We hope that you can join us for our performances at 5:00 on 11/2 and 2:00 on 11/3 in Sarner Underground, but please use your discretion, as this show does contain triggering themes of violence and suicide.

“A dazzling circus trick. Five stars might not be enough.”

The Guardian

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