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NT Live: A Midsummer Night's Dream

Sunday 20th October


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Director: Nicholas Hytner

Starring: Gwendoline Christie, Oliver Chris, David Moorst and Hammed Animashaun

Rating: 12A

United Kingdom 2019, 180mins

Shakespeare’s most famous romantic comedy as-live from London portraying the events surrounding the marriage of Theseus, the Duke of Athens, to Hippolyta

A feuding fairy King and Queen of the forest cross paths with four runaway lovers and a troupe of actors trying to rehearse a play. As their dispute grows, the magical royal couple meddle with mortal lives leading to love triangles, mistaken identities and transformations… with hilarious, but dark consequences. Directed by Nicholas Hytner, this production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream will build on the success of his immersive staging of Julius Caesar (NT Live 2018). The Bridge Theatre will become a forest – a dream world of flying fairies, contagious fogs and moonlight revels, surrounded by a roving audience following the action on foot.

Five stars might not be enough. ★★★★★ Observer

Could be the most joyously affirmative Shakespeare production I’ve ever seen. ★★★★★ Metro